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Gluten-free Diet for IgA Nephropathy


2013-06-13 10:00

Gluten-free Diet for IgA NephropathyKidneys can filter blood and remove extra fluid and wastes from body.In IgA nephropathy,the kidneys fail to work adequately.A balanced diet can help manage the disease better.Is gluten-free diet good to people with IgA nephropathy?

IgA nephropathy

IgA nephropathy is an autoimmune disorder.In right condition,when the outside harmful substances invade into body,the immune system will product antibodies to defeat them.However,in autoimmune disease,like IgA Nephropathy,the immune system fails to work normally.Excessive IgA(immunoglobulin A) is produced,but they can not tell the difference between the healthy kidney cells and harmful substances. IgA deposits in mesangial area to cause inflammation in kidneys.

Apparently there is a bout a compromised life expectancy in this disease. So dietary intervention that reduces circulating antibodies,which are the agents of destruction is a viable therapy.

What is gluten-free diet?

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is mainly found in grains such as wheat, rye and triticale.It is commonly used to treat celiac disease.Eating a gluten-free diet can help control the symptoms of celiac disease and prevent complications.

Is gluten-free diet good for IgA nephropathy?

In a study,a free-gluten diet is given to some patients with primary IgA nephropathy and they follow the diet for 6 months.It is reported that the levels of IgA containing circulating immune complexes significantly decreases.

However, the other side of the argument is that because IgA nephropathy has no visible relationship with celiac disease.This part of people think that gluten-free diet only has little effect on the course of IgA nephropathy. So it is important to consulting your doctor before staring a gluten-free diet. Or you can consult us on line to get more professional advices.

It is a big challenge to swith to a gluten-free diet for people with IgA nephropathy. It will do good for you if you stick to it. However, you must consult your doctor or us to know if it is a good choice for you.




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