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Low Sodium Diet for Nephrotic Syndrome


2013-09-17 08:52

Low Sodium Diet for Nephrotic SyndromeSodium seen commonly in salt affects your fluid balance and blood pressure largely. For people with Nephrotic Syndrome, fluid retention or swelling is one typical symptom and some patients even have high blood pressure. For this reason, a low sodium diet is very necessary for Nephrotic Syndrome.

Sodium and Nephrotic Syndrome

Normally, sodium is an essential mineral to maintain our overall health by playing many effects such as prompting the metabolism of protein and carbohydrate, regulating muscle contraction, controlling the formation of urine, etc, and sodium is mainly excreted by kidneys.

When kidneys are not working well, excess sodium along with fluid is more likely to build up in the body, leading to high blood pressure, swollen face, legs and feet, and shortness of breath. In this condition, limiting the intake of sodium and avoiding foods high in salt is very necessary.

How to make a low sodium diet for Nephrotic Syndrome

Because of obvious edema and sometimes hypertension, people with Nephrotic Syndrome are usually recommended sodium restriction that ranges from 1,000 to 4,000mg one daily. If the patient has other medical conditions such as heart or liver disease, the intake of sodium may be restricted more. To make a low sodium diet, you had better know several tips:

- Make sure how much sodium you can have each day that should be premise of other tips.

- Study food labels that provide important nutitional facts about the contents of your food and help you judge whether you are taking in excess sodium. For example, 1/2 of chicken breast contains 69mg of sodium and 7 fresh cucumber slices contains 2mg of sodium.

- Try to make an accurate food diary. A well-planned diet can make you enjoy your diet happily and safely.

- Be cautious when eating out: Many restaurants provide menu choices, so you can ask your server for low sodium choices in the menu.

- Avoid food high in salt such as convenience foods, canned soups, dried soup, mixes, processed food, etc.

Many other tips should be noted according to your individual condition. If you haven’t determined how much sodium you can take every day, you can send email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com by telling us your blood pressure, the location of your edema and your kidney function, so we can help you make a low sodium diet in detail.




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