What Lifestyle Changes Are Recommended For Lupus Nephritis?

Lupus Nephritis indicates an inflammation in the human kidneys caused mainly due to systemic lupus erythematosus i.e. a type of autoimmune disease. Even a few experts also call it a specific form of glomerulonephritis, as the problem causes inflammation in the glomeruli. Because of systemic lupus erythematosus, glomerulonephritis problem becomes secondary and incorporates a different type of outcome and pattern based on conditions related to primary kidney problems.

What Lifestyle Changes Are Recommended For Lupus Nephritis?

What Lifestyle Changes Are Recommended For Lupus Nephritis?

Other than undergoing treatments (depending on the type/extent of the disease), patients of lupus nephritis have to make sure including specific lifestyle changes to protect their kidneys. Accordingly, you have to do following major things-

Stay Hydrated Properly: Staying hydrated is a recommended lifestyle change for lupus nephritis. Hydration plays a major role in improving your health condition and reducing common symptoms of the problem, especially foamy urine and edema. Hence, it is essential for you to stay hydrated properly by having enough water and other similar healthy fluids.

Reduce The Intake Of Cholesterol Foods: Another important lifestyle change for lupus nephritis is that you have to bring in your life is to put limit on the exact amount of cholesterol you intake on a daily basis. Accordingly, you should avoid fried food items, junk foods and packed/frozen foods. In addition, whenever you go to market for buying cooking oil, you should make sure to read its nutritional value to choose the one with less trans-fat and less cholesterol level.

Make Sure Of Low-Sodium Diet: If you are experiencing hypertension i.e. high blood pressure consistently, it is essential for you to choose for a low-sodium diet. This means, you should avoid table salt, soda beverages, frozen foods, soda rich dishes and similar others. Besides this, you have to make sure maintaining a healthy blood pressure to avoid further complications.

Other Essential Dietary Changes: Besides low sodium diet for lupus nephritis, you have to make other essential dietary changes as per the recommendations of your doctor and dietician both. Particularly, you should have diet containing low amount of protein, phosphorus and potassium in case you experience loss in your normal kidney/kidneys functions.

Smoking And Drinking: Both tobacco and alcohol are injurious to your health if you are a patient of lupus nephritis. Hence, to stay healthy and make the most from your prescribed medications as well as other treatments, it is essential for you to stop with cigarette/cigar/tobacco smoking and drinking any type of alcoholic beverage.

Avoid The Intake Of NSAIDs: Skipping on NSAIDs is a recommended lifestyle change for lupus nephritis. Lupus nephritis should strictly avoid the intake of NSAIDS i.e. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other related medicines affecting their kidneys. One of the best options in this case is to discuss with nephrologists before you should take any medicine.

Regular Physical Exercise: Along with dietary changes, it is essential for you to involve yourself in regular physical exercise. Regular physical exercise is a recommended lifestyle change for lupus nephritis. If you are unable to do hard workout due to fever and edema, you should at least make sure of brisk walking and other similar type of workouts daily.

Nephrologists have mentioned that lupus nephritis mainly takes place due to genetic predisposition, according to which multiple genes, most of which remain unidentified mediate the mentioned genetic type of predisposition among patients.

Immune system of an individual protects their body from any infection and when immune system remains unhealthy, it fails to distinguish healthy and harmful substances. Lupus nephritis primarily affects three people out of total 10,000. Common signs and symptoms of the problem include swelling in the leg areas i.e. edema, fever, hypertension, muscles and joint pain, foamy urine, rash and so on.


According to nephrologists, a majority of people opt to follow healthy lifestyle changes, as mentioned here have succeeded to avoid kidney failure even though they have a severe disease of lupus nephritis.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 12, 2019

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