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IgA Nephropathy Diet: Dietary Fish Oil Supplement for Patients


2013-06-29 10:29

IgA Nephropathy Diet: Dietary Fish Oil Supplement for PatientsIgA nephropathy is the most common primary glomerulonephritis in clinic. If left treated ineffectively,the patients will develop progressive renal disease and develop end stage kidney disease (ESRD) 10~20 years after diagnosis. Some studies show that dietary fish oil supplement can slow IgA nephropathy progression.

How does fish oil work in treating IgA nephropathy?

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and can provide essential fatty acids that can not be made by bodies but must be supplied by diet. Omega-3 fatty acids can affect the production of eicosanoids, cytokines, and thromboxane A 2,all of which are believed to have a role in injuring the glomeruli. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can prevent inflammation in the kidney to slow down progression of kidney disease. Additionally,fish oil has a potential role in lowering blood lipid levels, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

How will you know if it is working in treating IgA nephropathy?

-Some patients have a decrease in the creatinine levels.( Learn more:Natural Ways to Lower Elevated Creatinine in IgA Nephropathy)  However, fish oil does not usually decrease the amount of protein in urine.

-Lower the level of triglycerides in blood.

Does fish oil has adverse effects on patients with IgA Nephropathy?

Fish oil is generally safe and most people do not experience any side effects. However,some patients may experience diarrhea, heartburn, belching and fishy-smelling breath. How to prevent these side effects and make it work better? You can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  to get more professional suggestions.

Meanwhile,fish oil may interact with some medications thus affecting the medicine efficiency.

-Medications for slowing blood clotting. Fish oil may slow blood clotting.

-Medications for high blood pressure. Fish oil may decrease blood pressure and also might improve blood pressure. Therefore, close monitoring blood pressure is important for the patients with IgA nephropathy.

However,there is still a conflicting result about the use of fish oil for treating IgA nephropathy. So you should never use it without consulting a doctor. You can consult us here to get to know if fish oil is good to you.



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