University of California Says Long Term High Protein Diets Can Hurt Your Kidneys!

A new study led by nephrologist Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD, of the University of California research says high protein diets may lead to kidney damage among those with CKD (chronic kidney disease.) This research was published in the November 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study concluded that the high protein diets that have been increasing used in recent years for weight loss can create kidney damage for the long term in anyone with existing chronic kidney disease.

Ckd is defined as evidence of structural or functional renal impairment for three or more months and is generally progressive. The cost of kidney failure, dialysis and a kidney transplant are extremely high. Dr. Kalanta-Zadeh said applying nutritional management of the chronic kidney disease has remained underutilized in the U.S. and many other countries. Dietary interventions and nutritional therapy can be used to increase longevity, delay the need for dialysis.

The study also stated that a low protein and a low salt diet can slow the progression of CKD. These diets are also used to help control uremia, or high levels of urea (kidney toxins) and other uremic toxins and help delay the need for dialysis.

This is a great piece of research showing the impact of diet in chronic kidney disease. I have worked with thousands for chronic kidney disease clients and not just seen people slow down their chronic kidney disease with diet, but actually reverse it.

The most important thing is to begin with lowering sodium intact. Here are some helpful tips to begin lowering your sodium intake:

  1. Click this link to read about how spicy foods reduce the desire for salt.
  2. Starting from today you can avoid adding any salt to any foods.
  3. Use Ms. Dash seasonings which are made from no salt.