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Diet for Elevated BUN

2013-03-05 17:05

Diet for Elevated BUNElevated BUN seems to be a common symptom for kidney disease patients, and there are many reasons can cause the elevated BUN. A reasonable diet for elevated BUN is very important for patients to control their condition well and slow down the development of the disease.

Before talking about the diet for elevated BUN, Let’s see the reasons causing elevated BUN. Kidney problem is one of them. The liver produces urea as a waste product when protein is metabolized. Normally, most of this urea is removed from the bloodstream by the kidneys. When the kidneys are not functioning as well as they should urea can build up in the blood causing an elevated BUN level. When BUN and creatinine are both elevated on a blood test it ca be the first indication of a kidney problem. In addition to kidney problem, dehydration, medicines, heart attack or heart failure can also cause the elevated BUN.

About the diet for elevated BUN, patients should drink plenty of fluids daily to stay hydrated, because dehydration can cause elevated BUN levels. If you have already been on dialysis, then the water intake will be different.

Eat a low-protein diet. If your kidneys are unable to filter protein properly, reduce your protein intake to lower BUN levels. High-protein foods include red meat, fish, poultry and dairy. Nuts, grains and beans have moderate amounts of protein, and fruits generally have no protein. The average daily protein intake for healthy adults ranges from 40 to 60g, and you may need to reduce the protein intake by half.

While dialysis can help patients lower BUN levels effectively, but we don’t think dialysis is a long-term method for kidney disease patients. If the elevated BUN levels is caused by kidney problems, then lowering BUN levels need to start from repairing kidney damage and enhancing kidney function. Firstly, the primary disease should be detected, is it high blood pressure, Diabetes, infections, heart problems or autoimmune diseases? Then a best therapeutic schedule will be given.

You could consult your dietitian about the diet for elevated BUN, if it is not convenient for you, you can leave us a message.

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