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Why FSGS Patients Need to Limit Salt Intake

2013-01-16 12:34

Why FSGS Patients Need to Limit Salt IntakeFSGS is the abbreviation of Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis which is a medical term used to describe in what way the kidney is damaged. Once being diagnosed with FSGS, patients need to limit salt intake. Now, let’s have a look about how is FSGS related with salt intake and why FSGS patients need to limit salt intake.

How is FSGS related with salt intake?

Our kidneys are responsible for keeping balance of electrolyte. Salt is high in sodium. In normal cases, if we eat lots of high, we feel thirsty frequently and that is because our kidneys need to produce more urine to discharge sodium. FSGS means some glomeruli are partially damaged. With kidney damages, kidney function decreases and can not help to maintain a normal sodium level. Under such a condition, high blood pressure, swelling and high sodium level occur easily. Therefore, FSGS patients need to pay attention to their salt intake.

Why FSGS patients need to limit salt intake?

For FSGS patients, their kidneys are damaged and fail to discharge excessive sodium out of their body. In such a case, if patients eat too much salt, symptoms like high blood pressure, swelling and high sodium level will become more and more serious. Besides, although some kidney tissues are damaged in FSGS cases, there are also healthy kidney tissues. High salt intake increase the burden of these healthy kidney tissues and may cause damage on them. In this light, FSGS patients need to limit salt intake, so as to avoid accelerating kidney problem.

In daily life, aside from limiting salt intake, FSGS patients with severe swelling symptom also need to limit fluid intake. Usually, they can drink fluid (including soup) for 500 milliliter more than their urine output.

Lastly, FSGS can be primary or secondary. With different causes of FSGS, we need to take different medical treatment and nursing care and diet. If you want to learn more about it, welcome to consult our consultant on line.

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