Protein is an important nutrient
made up of chemicals called amino acids. Protein provides energy. Your body
also needs protein to make new cells, maintain and rebuild muscles, carry other
nutrients, act as messengers in the body, and support the immune system.
When protein breaks
down in your body, it forms waste products. If you have kidney disease, the
kidneys have trouble getting rid of waste products, so waste can build up in
Eating more protein than your body can handle can be bad for your
kidneys and make you very sick. But if you don't get enough protein, you can
become weak and tired and are more likely to get infections.
you have chronic kidney disease, you can help protect your kidneys by making
changes to your diet so that you get the right amount of protein.
Ask your doctor or
dietitian how much protein you can have each day, and learn which foods contain
Your doctor or
dietitian can help you plan a diet that gives you the right amount of protein.
There is no single diet that is right for everyone who has chronic kidney
disease. Your diet will be based on how well your kidneys are working and
whether you are on dialysis.
When you have kidney disease, your diet may change over time as
your disease changes. See your doctor for regular testing so you know when your
diet may need to change. Your doctor or dietitian can help you adjust your diet
Changing your diet can be hard. You may have to give up
many foods you like. But it is very important to make the recommended changes
so you can stay healthy for as long as possible.
High-protein foods include:
Other foods that contain protein include:
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Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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