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How to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Lupus

2013-09-07 15:13

How to prevent chronic kidney disease (CKD) in lupus?Systemic lupus erythemotosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease,in which the immune system attacks the various systems of the body like skin, joint, heart, kidney etc.Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of serious complications of lupus, but not all patients with lupus will develop kidney disease.How to prevent chronic kidney disease (CKD) in lupus?

How does lupus cause chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Immune system is a powerful protective system in body. It can produce antibodies to fight against the bacteria and other infections. However, in lupus, the antibodies fail to function properly and can not distinguish foreign harmful substances from body’s own healthy cells and tissue. When the antibodies attack the cells and tissues in kidneys, it will cause inflammation of kidneys. If the inflammation can not be suppressed, it will cause progressive renal function decline. That is how chronic kidney disease(CKD) occurs in lupus.

How to prevent chronic kidney disease in lupus?

Not all patients with lupus will develop kidney problems. The lupus patients can take the following precautions to reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Lifestyle changes

The patients with lupus should avoid sun exposure and should wear sunblock. Getting enough sleep and regular exercise can help prevent muscle weakness and fatigue.

Diet

A balanced diet can reduce the incidence of chronic kidney disease(CKD) in lupus. In lupus, antibodies and other immune system cells may be adversely affected by nutritional deficiencies. It is important for the patients to consult with a dietitian to get a personalized diet based on their condition. Or you can email to kidneycares@hotmail.com  to get a diet plan.

Treatment

Effective treatment of lupus will certainly reduce the incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Immunotherapy can treat lupus by correcting the abnormal immune system. Therefore, it can be treated fundamentally without relapse.

If you are a lupus patient and have no idea if your kidneys are involved, you can consult with our online doctor now!

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