Proteinuria Diet for CKD Patients | What Foods to Avoid if you Have Proteinuria
This video is about a Proteinuria Diet for CKD Patients and how to lower protein in your urine, also known as proteinuria, through diet. This video is for people that have kidney disease or chronic kidney disease. You might have protein in your urine because you’re on chemotherapy, you’re on a chemo drug, cancer drug. To make it clear this video is for chronic kidney disease patients.
What you’re going to want to do is you’re going to want to get yourself some type of urine dipsticks. What I mean by urine dipsticks is something like this. This is a Merritt Pharmaceuticals. You’re going to want 10 parameter dipstick. This is a three parameter just cause I ran out of the tens. We ordered them in the office. So you want to get yourself a 10 parameter urine dipstick. Merit Pharmaceuticals. This is One Rapid response. It’s another brand that I use a lot.
I used it in nephrology clinics when I worked in one. So get yourself one. There’s a lot out there. Make sure it’s a 10 parameter dipsticks, but it has 10 markers on there. And the reason is is that they always have the protein included. It’s listed as PR. When you get this, this is color coded. So you take the dipstick, you urinate into a cup, you dip it, it’s color coded.
You match the colors up to see where your protein is. So we’re focusing on that protein marker. There’s a lot of others on there, but we’re looking at the protein for this video. Now it’s by milligrams, so you color code it. The first one being 15 milligrams, which is like a light green, and it gets darker, 30, and then 100, 300, 2, 000.
And then from 2, 000 on, you generally can’t see it. So, this video, and what you can do here is for people that have kidney disease, okay, they have… Maybe about 2, 500, milligrams total protein in their urine. If you have like 3, 000, 3, 500, even if you lowered it 500 or 1, 000, you can’t really see the difference on here.
So that’s why I say it could not be appropriate for you. So just make sure that you fit with those guidelines, which is for most people with chronic kidney disease. All right. So You’re going to check how much protein you’re urine through dipping it. So you have a baseline and you can dip it as much as you want.
I dip mine often to see, and now you get your baseline that you know what it is, you know what it is. Maybe you match it up to a blood test to make sure. Now the research shows that for every 20 grams of dietary protein that you eat less, that you eliminate from your diet, will show a reduction in protein area.
For most people, not everybody. This is a guideline. So what you want to do is eat 20 grams less of dietary protein, check your urine and see the difference. You got to give yourself three to four, maybe five days of doing this diet before you can see it in your urine. It takes a little bit of time to show the effect.
And so that’s how you can tell. Now, for about half the people that have kidney disease, it’s going to be diabetic. So when you, lower protein, which protein stabilizes blood sugar, blood sugar may increase. So make sure if you’re going to replace the protein, do it with things that don’t raise the blood sugar, whether it’s vegetables, fats, avocados, maybe a small amount of nuts and seeds. Make sure to account for the protein that’s in there.