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What to Know When Kidney Disease Patients Are on Low-Protein Diet

2013-10-16 14:55

Low-Protein Diet, kidney diseaseA low-protein diet is commonly suggested to people with kidney disease. It can not only maintain relatively good nutritional status, also relieve some symptoms. So a low-protein diet is an important part in kidney disease treatment. If you are on a low-protein diet, there still has something you should know.

-In low-protein diet, high-quality protein should account for 50% or more, such as eggs, milk, lean meat, fish and so on. Meanwhile, plant protein should be limited.

-In case of malnutrition, while you are on low-protein diet, enough energy should be guaranteed. The limitation to the protein intake affects the intake of energy to a certain degree. What is more, patients with renal insufficiency should limit intake of fat. Kidney disease patients who are on low-protein diet can increase the carbohydrate intake to replenish energy. Besides amylum, other sources of energy include foods with low level of protein such as lotus root, pumpkin, potatoes, taro and so on. Patients with diabetic kidney disease should choose foods that are low blood glucose index.

-Some researches have shown that fermentable carbohydrates can stimulate a large number of microorganisms to breed and then promote the nitrogen to be discharged from excrement, which benefits patients with renal insufficiency. Moreover, fermentable carbohydrates still can help kidney disease patients improve fat metabolic disorder, decrease serum cholesterol, which reduces the risks for cardiovascular complications. The fermentable carbohydrates mainly refers to polysaccharide and oligosaccharides, do not include monosaccharides and disaccharides.

When kidney disease patients begin dialysis treatment, then low-protein diet will not be adopted. There has lots of knowledge in renal diet. If you have any follow-up questions about diet, feel free to leave us a message below, we will surely get back to you.

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