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Why Does Kidney Failure Need A Low Protein Diet

2013-11-15 10:53

kidney failure, a low protein dietA low protein diet is commonly included in the diet suggestions given by doctors. Actually the diet suggestions change with the change of the condition for kidney disease patients. Follow us to learn more about low protein diet and kidney failure.

Why does kidney failure need a low protein diet

Kidney failure means the severe reduction in kidney function. In many countries, it needs dialysis treatment or kidney transplant in the near future. Although protein is an essential part of a diet, the waste products from the protein breakdown is cleaned from the blood by the kidneys. So, eating more proteins puts extra burden on the kidneys leading to faster decline in kidneys function. A low protein diet is recommended to help lower high creatinine level, high BUN level and protect kidney function to a certain degree. Your doctors will help you calculate how much protein you should eat daily to avoid malnutrition, and foods with high-quality protein like eggs, milk, chicken, fish, lean meat will be your good choices. It is better to avoid high protein animal foods such as ground beef, halibut, salmon, tuna and chicken breast and substitute them with lower protein animal and vegetable alternatives.

If kidney failure patients have already been on dialysis

To kidney failure patients on dialysis treatment, a low protein diet will not be suitable. The amount of protein they need to eat may also increase when kidney failure patients start dialysis. Eating enough protein is important because it will keep them feeling strong and healthy and protect their body from illness and infection.

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