Diets high in protein are usually recommended for people who are trying to lose weight. A high protein diet refers to a meal plan where protein contributes to around 50-55% or more of the calories. Typically, for all healthy individuals with no medical condition, a high protein diet is pretty safe to follow. But, if you are a kidney patient, you might be required to be a little careful with your protein intake. This is because the kidney function is compromised to eliminate all the waste products of protein metabolism, says nutritionist Neha Dhulla.
High protein diet for kidney patients: important things to know
Excess load of proteins on kidneys can cause damage and worsen the renal condition. Guidance from a nephrologist and a qualified nutritionist is of prime importance.Intake of protein in kidney patients is typically decided by the doctor based on the severity of the disease, renal parameters, nutrition status and the patient's weight. Because protein cannot be completely eliminated from the diet, it is very important to carefully plan the diet in compliance with the patient.
Ask her if protein-rich foods are harmful for kidney patients and she says that the quality and quantity of proteins - and not protein-rich foods per se - needs monitoring for kidney patients. "Proteins are one of the most essential nutrients that the body requires for growth and maintenance. Thus, it cannot be generalised that proteins are harmful for kidney patients. The source of protein and the quantity of proteins, depending on the patient's severity of kidney damage, has to be taken into consideration. Accordingly, the diet for kidney patients has to be planned," says Neha.