Chronic kidney disease and protein diet

wpid-wp-1412484257914.jpegGenerally in advanced cases of kidney failure, protein diet restriction is advised.

Why?

The protein products like meat and fish, which we eat get degraded in our body and these degraded metabolites act as toxins, since the chronically ill kidneys can’t flush them out of the body. Healthy kidneys would be successfully removing such toxins.

When  these metabolites of protein accumulate they can aggravate the nitrogenous compound load on kidney and worsen the feeling of nausea, vomiting and other uremic symptoms. Furthermore, they can damage the kidney by increasing its filtration and more proteins might drain out of the body. It’s bit complex to understand properly.

Is there any negative consequence of protein restricted diet?

Yes. As protein is an essential component of our health since our muscles and various other organs are made of protein, lack of protein can cause an under-nourished health condition (referred as protein energy malnutrition). Therefore, total or absolute protein restriction is also not desirable.

How much protein should you consume if you have a chronic kidney disease?

Ask your health care provider how much protein should you consume. Based on individual person’s health status the requirement might vary from person to person.

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