Gluten And Kidney Disease
Gluten and kidney disease, gluten is a protein molecule that’s within certain products like wheat, barley, and rye, yet wheat is the big one, the wheat is the major grain that’s in the American society and this protein some people are allergic to it. If you’re allergic to it that’s called celiac disease. Now there are people who are intolerant or sensitive so they won’t show the traditional allergy to celiac. I mean they won’t show it on an allergy test that they have celiac disease but they still have a lot of symptoms and a lot of problems when they eat gluten. So how does this relate to kidney disease, we have research out there about gluten and kidney disease and most of it pertains to a condition called IgA nephropathy and also another one called nephrotic syndrome. The nephrotic syndrome doesn’t count does happen in a small number of cases with IgA nephropathy and these are nephropathies and autoimmune disorders.
So this is where the research is we have a lot of research on children with nephrotic syndrome okay which is marked by a lot of protein urea and also lgA tends to have a lot of protein urea that’s where you lose protein through your urine which isn’t good so you’re leaking a lot of protein out as they say so gluten what do we know we know that in cases with IgA nephropathy and nephrotic syndrome it’s worth doing a trial of avoiding gluten for a period of time to see if your protein urea decreases because we do have studies on this where it showed some benefit in animals mice and also in people and some children too. It’s not in a ton of studies but they are out there so when people ask me if they should try a gluten-free diet for their kidney disease.
Eliminating Gluten For Kidney Disease
If they have lgA or nephrotic syndrome definitely give it a trial for like 30 to 60 to 90 days to see what the difference is in your before and after blood work with this, you’ll be looking at the urine to see how much protein if it’s less by going on that gluten-free diet. If you have other autoimmune kidney diseases glomerulonephritis figs you might want to try a gluten-free diet just to see if it has an impact where that’s where it seems to benefit with autoimmune disorders.
So the gluten-free diet that’s where it’s shown to benefit I’m unfamiliar with any gluten-free diets and like diabetic kidney disease but by eliminating gluten. You’re also going to have fewer carbohydrates if you have diabetic kidney disease which could show a benefit so generally, it’s going to be okay to try with any type of kidney disease out there just make sure you check your before and after blood work to know if it’s working because you don’t really want to waste time on something that’s not working.