Chronic Kidney Disease and Protein Intake? Protein Calculations for CKD | KDOQI 1

This video marks the start of our new video series; ‘Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiatives’ KDOQI. All the good research is being obtained from the studies published by the American Journal of Kidney Disease, September 2020.


The following approaches are not the only way to help your situation but should rather be viewed as complementary guidelines to help you and your kidneys. The research contains many unknown tips that can help better your situation. Good evidence-backed research takes a lot of time and a lot of work goes into it. There’s always been a 10 – 20 year delay for most of the research we observe now.


In this first episode, Robert expands on the topic of ‘protein intake for chronic kidney disease’. Consuming a high protein diet with kidney disease may cause damage to the glomerular structure and can accelerate the progression of CKD. The study revealed two equations that anyone with kidney disease can implement to manage protein in their diet.


The study recommends individuals with chronic kidney disease to limit their ‘protein intake’ to stay in the range of 0.55 to 0.6g protein/kg per day. This equation helps to maintain a low protein diet but still allows adequate protein for a CKD diet. To calculate how much protein you should intake using the equation, I’ve broken it down into multiple parts.


Firstly, divide your body weight (in lbs) by 2.2 to change it into kg. After that, take that number (your body weight in kg) and multiply it by 0.55 which will give you your protein intake for the day.


For those on a low to a very low protein diet, the equation is 0.3 to 0.4g protein/kg per day. The study warns to count your calories if you’re doing a low protein diet. It may be harder to get enough calories in a low protein diet.


Here is a simple example using the equation:

Bodyweight = 170 lbs. Turn that into ‘kg’ by dividing my weight by 2.2 which comes out to 77 kg. Now to find out my daily protein intake, multiply bodyweight by 0.55 (77 x 0.55) which is equal to 42. This means I may include around 42g of protein in my CKD diet per day.


The research suggests those protein equations for anyone with kidney issues trying to manage protein intake. While on a low to a very low protein diet, you may need to supplement with some ketoanalogues of essential amino acids in order to prevent protein deficiency.


We’ll be breaking down this research piece by piece, providing you with every measure that may help better your situation. This video begins the KDOQI series that was published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, September 2020.


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