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Berger's Disease Prevention


To help reduce your chances of getting IgA nephropathy, take the following steps:

  • Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels:
    • Eat a healthful diet, one that is low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Don't smoke. If you smoke , quit.
    • Drink alcohol in moderation. Moderate alcohol intake is no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
    • Lose weight if necessary. Your doctor can recommend a safe weight loss plan and a reasonable target weight.
    • Consider counseling, stress reduction exercises, and meditation to decrease the stress in your life.
    • Take medicine. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help lower your blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a family history of IgA nephropathy or other forms of kidney disease. This way, your doctor can watch for signs of IgA nephropathy.

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