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What lifestyle changes are recommended for lupus nephritis?

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Certain lifestyle habits can help protect the kidneys. People with lupus nephritis should do the following:

  • Drink enough fluids to stay well hydrated.
  • Eat a low-sodium diet, especially if hypertension is an issue.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Limit cholesterol.
  • Avoid medications that can affect the kidneys, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

From: Lupus Nephritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Lupus" and "Lupus Nephritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Kidney Disease: What You Should Know about Lupus Nephritis (Lupus Kidney Disease)."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Kidney Disease."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Lupus Nephritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Lupus" and "Lupus Nephritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Kidney Disease: What You Should Know about Lupus Nephritis (Lupus Kidney Disease)."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Kidney Disease."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Lupus Nephritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

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