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Protein loss due to Nephrotic syndrome. Treatment?

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Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2012
Question: I need to find out what I can do to help my wife feel better till she see a specialist for nephrotic syndrome. Her urine/protein loss is around three thousand over a 24 hr period which is very high. I was just wondering if there was something I could feed her or get her to help with the protein loss. She is very run down.
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Answered by Dr. Avinash Ignatius (3 hours later)
Hello,
Thank you for posting your query.
Nephrotic syndrome can make your wife feel run down due to either excess water accumulation, which leads to weight gain and also due to ongoing protein losses.

I would suggest, you restrict her fluid intake to less than 1000ml/day and limit her salt intake. This will help by preventing her from retaining excess fluid.

Do not restrict protein in her diet as she needs to supplement the protein being lost in urine.

Moreover some Nephrotic syndromes are related to certain other conditions that may primarily be responsible for your wife in feeling run down. Do get an early evaluation and a possible biopsy to find out the reason for her Nephrotic syndrome.

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Follow up: Dr. Avinash Ignatius (9 hours later)
should I buy some protein suppliments. Is there any you recomend?
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Answered by Dr. Avinash Ignatius (12 hours later)
Hi,
Thanks for reverting.
Protein supplements are not necessary. She can get adequate protein from eggs, cheese, fish/chicken in her diet.

I hope I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no further follow up queries.

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Protein loss due to Nephrotic syndrome. Treatment?

Hello,
Thank you for posting your query.
Nephrotic syndrome can make your wife feel run down due to either excess water accumulation, which leads to weight gain and also due to ongoing protein losses.

I would suggest, you restrict her fluid intake to less than 1000ml/day and limit her salt intake. This will help by preventing her from retaining excess fluid.

Do not restrict protein in her diet as she needs to supplement the protein being lost in urine.

Moreover some Nephrotic syndromes are related to certain other conditions that may primarily be responsible for your wife in feeling run down. Do get an early evaluation and a possible biopsy to find out the reason for her Nephrotic syndrome.