Protein And Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): How To Calculate The Right Amount Of Protein For Low Protein Diet

Protein amount with chronic kidney disease should be calculated correctly to follow a low protein diet with CKD. Many people with kidney disease need to calculate the right protein amount they need for a low protein diet with chronic kidney disease.  The protein content in your kidney diet can be determined by your body weight. Having the right amount of protein in your CKD diet can help reduce stress on your kidneys.


This video is about a low protein diet for kidney disease where you don’t have to use keto analogues of essential amino acids or essential amino acids to get your protein.
This is Robert Galarowicz, a naturopath, nutritionist, and more importantly a kidney survivor. If you’re new to this channel make sure to subscribe, we give lots of great information on how to take care of your kidney health. Now if you see our other videos we talk a lot about the low protein diet. It’s getting very popular now with a lot of the recent big organizations in the United States recommending it for kidney health and it’s the most therapeutic diet I’ve ever seen.


Low Protein Diet With Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

One of the problems is that you can become protein deficient and then you may have to take supplements like either essential amino acids or keto analogues of essential amino acids which is a medical food to prevent going protein deficient. Now you can try a low protein diet without these products. First, you’re just going to be using the very high end of the low protein dietary amounts for the day. Now, this recommendation is the higher end that they recommend in the KDOQI that’s the updated 2020 edition of all the clinical nutrition updates and current modern-day nutrition practices for kidney disease. I’m going to reference a study from 2018 in the Brazil Journal of Nephrology where they used low protein diets using this protein amount very effectively where people didn’t need to get those other supplements. What it showed in that study was that people were able to increase their GFR in small amounts, they also had better cholesterol, they also lost weight, and had better metrics of kidney health.


Overall, if you’re going to do the low protein diet and you’re not looking to go spend money on the essential amino acids and keto analogues of essential amino acids, and if you don’t know what those are we have multiple other videos on our channel to check out so look at the whole series about low to very low protein diets and how to do it safely if you’re a kidney disease sufferer. So if you want to do it but you’re not looking to do those extra pills and spend that money you have to use the highest ranges of the low protein diet which is considered 0.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight a day.


Protein Amount Calculations For Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

I’m going to bring out a board here so you can see this all written out so you can figure it for yourself. Okay, so this is what we have here, I wrote this up so you can see that’s the low protein diet without keto analogues of essential amino acids. What you’re going to do is you’re going to do 0.6 grams of protein per day per kilogram of body weight. If you don’t know what your kilogram and body weight is, since most of the people in the u.s aren’t going to know this because we don’t use the metric system.


You take your body weight, so I took a 180-pound person and you got to find out what the body weight is in kilograms so you take the 180 pounds and you divide it by 2.2 pounds because 2.2 pounds equals 1 kilogram so that 180 person divided by 2.2 pounds gives me 81 kilograms. Now, 81 kilograms you know your body weight in kilograms, so now you divide that by 0.6, and that gives you the amount of protein per day of 49 grams of protein. For this person that’s 180 pounds so take a look at that. I hope that makes sense, if it doesn’t just comment and we’ll go through it to help people calculate their protein amount based on that 0.6 in the comments section but that’s would be the high end of the low protein diet which still gives you lots of kidney benefits without using the keto analogues of essential amino acids or essential amino acids.


That’s what you would do so use that calculation and that’s the highest and that’s shown tremendous benefit and it’s also shown that you can have 49 grams of protein today for a person. That’s 180 pounds, ideally, you want to make all those proteins of vegan vegetarian sources as they’re going to be much better for you but it still allows you a lot of protein so that’s the high end of the protein calculation for what’s considered a low protein diet.


You don’t have to go out and get all these other supplements and other things but you should always run it by your doctor or your medical team to make sure everything you’re doing is stable. When you do that low protein you’re counting all the protein so you’re counting your grains as well, a lot of people tend to forget about grains that have protein in them. Be sure to count everything, including those grains. Thanks for watching everybody and for your best kidney health. And if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to the channel.


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