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Kidney problems from high protein diet?

Kidney problems from high protein diet?

Yes: High protein diet in a healthy person sould not matter much, although i still would not recommend it. In people with kidney problems, meat intake should be limited to 0.8 g per kg body weight per day. Overall, a well balanced diet with emphasis on plant-based foods is much healthier than high meat intake. Eat water-filled foods, not fat-filled foods! ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. ...Read more

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I have pre-diabetes (a1c 5.8) and possibly chronic pancreatitis (seen in EUS). How can I gain weight? Low fat, low carb high protein? Kidneys are fine

I have pre-diabetes (a1c 5.8) and possibly chronic pancreatitis (seen in EUS). How can I gain weight? Low fat, low carb high protein? Kidneys are fine

You're right: High protein, low carb, low fat diet is good for most people. See a dietician of you want more specific advice. However, another question is why you are having a problem with underweight. If chronic pancreatic disease is impairing fat absorption, that can cause weight loss. Stool studies can help determine this. ...Read more

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Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Wouldn't surprise me: "liver detox diets" are widely varied and are not evidence-based medicine. Use them at your own risk -- they have landed people in the intensive care unit. Your personal physician -- who unlike an internet "independent thinker / persecuted humanitarian" is obligated by law to tell the truth -- is your best guide to health, be it liver function, diet, or whatever's troubling you now. Cheers. ...Read more

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Does digestive enzymes help digestion when you are on a high protein diet? I'm having problems with constipation

Does digestive enzymes help digestion when you are on a high protein diet? I'm having problems with constipation

Fiber: One who has constipation on high meat diet would do well to eat an apple a day + 1/2 portion of Oatmeal with fruit and nuts at breakfast. If problem persists, see Gastroenterologist. Fiber-roughage is what is needed. ...Read more

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What's the best weight loss system for people with polycystic kidney disease?

What's the best weight loss system for people with polycystic kidney disease?

Wt loss: The best weight loss program is always diet and exercise. Avoiding contact sports is important (as cysts can rupture). But most physical exercise is ok. Watching fatty foods, calories and cholesterol is very important. ...Read more

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Kidney stones and weight lifting, is that okay?

Kidney stones and weight lifting, is that okay?

Sure: Don't let a kidney stone stand in the way of resistnace training or any other fitness activity that you enjoy. ...Read more

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Does having polycystic kidney disease and using medicinal marijuana to alleviate pain, cause problems with the kidneys?

Does having polycystic kidney disease and using medicinal marijuana to alleviate pain, cause problems with the kidneys?

Polycystic kidneys: Pain is not usually assciated with polycystic kidneys, but if you are smoking pot for some other kind of pain, i dont feel it will contribute to your kidney problem, whiach can cause hypertension and renal failure. But you should me under medical care and if possible avoid smoking marijuan, as it has other harmful effects on the body. ...Read more

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I have end-stage kidney failure but I'm not on dialysis. I follow a special renal diet and I'm a vegetarian. What are good sources of protein for someone like me who must also limit phosphorus and potassium?

I have end-stage kidney failure but I'm not on dialysis. I follow a special renal diet and I'm a vegetarian. What are good sources of protein for someone like me who must also limit phosphorus and potassium?

The answer depends on what type of vegetarian you are: It also depends on your level of kidney function and how restrictive you need to be with protein, phosphorus and potassium. A proper renal diet is an essential part of any treatment plan for chronic kidney disease. Although a renal diet limits protein, you still need to eat some high-quality protein every day. Being a vegetarian doesn't mean missing out on quality protein. There are plenty of good plant sources of proteins. However, a vegetarian renal diet requires a tailored meal plan from a registered dietitian because vegetarian sources of protein also contain varying amounts of potassium and phosphorus. Your dietitian can help you choose the right foods in the right amounts. Your kidneys are responsible for preventing too much potassium and phosphorus from building up in your blood. So it's important to have the right amount of potassium and phosphorus in your diet to avoid overwhelming your kidneys' ability to maintain healthy levels. Here's some basic information on: Protein. , Phosphorus. , Potassium. , Sodium. . Your meal plan should also include guidelines for other food groups, such as grains, fats and sweets. A meal plan from a registered dietitian will help you meet your needs for calories and other important nutrients. ...Read more

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Can a large kidney angiomyolipma affect my actual kidney and kidney function?

Can a large kidney angiomyolipma affect  my actual kidney and kidney function?

Usually not: The main risk is of bleeding within the tumor itself as it happens with persons who have a condition called tuberous sclerosis. Other than that if just occupies space but does not disturb the function of the organ. ...Read more

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Can high protein diets cause kidney stones?

Can high protein diets cause kidney stones?

Can increase risk: High protein and low carb diets have been shown to increase kidney acid load, thereby increasing kidney stone risk. This diet can also increase calcium in the urine. Increased animal protein increases kidney excretion of oxalate, a chemical that combines with calcium to make one type of kidney stone. ...Read more

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Can a failing gallbladder cause protein in urine or kidney problems?

Can a failing gallbladder cause protein in urine or kidney problems?

Should not: Gall bladder collects bile produced by the liver and excretes it via the gall duct and into the duodenum. Not connected with the kidney although lies close to the right kidney. ...Read more

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If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

Will to live: It is possible to recover. Okay to talk to your docs about your recovery. It will be a team effort and the patient's desire/will to recover is the most important factor. Don't give up. ...Read more

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Can I use coffee bean extract for weight loss with kidney malfunctioning and liver transplant medication ?

Can I use coffee bean extract for weight loss with kidney malfunctioning and liver transplant medication ?

Diet Frauds: Nope. This fraudulent product will not in any way lead you to real or lasting weight loss. Do not use this product or waste your money on it. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Kidney stones: No but they can occur together. Cysts in the kidneys are not necessarily polycystic kidneys which is an inherited familiar disease. ...Read more

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Probs are high bp/cholesterol/allergies and back/hip problems. Family rec the paleo diet which could have 5-6 eggs. Is this ok with these conditions?

Probs are high bp/cholesterol/allergies  and back/hip problems. Family rec the paleo diet which could have 5-6 eggs. Is this ok with these conditions?

Can try a form of it: There are many different ways to do the paleo diet. Some people eat large amounts of meat ; eggs, but one could be vegan on a paleo diet. Whether you do a paleo diet or not, i advise eating mostly organic fruits ; vegetables. 1 egg a day does not increase heart risk but 5-6 does. Organic grass-raised meats, chicken ; wild salmon are fine to eat. See http://happyherbivore.Com/2010/12/vegan-paleo/. ...Read more

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Can lack of exercise and constant stress cause high bp? All other tests for heart problems, kidney problems and blood problems have come back normal?

Genes and kidneys: Your genetic background and your kidney health are far more likely culprits. Your profile says you're 20-if that's correct, you need a good evaluation for possible causes as essential hypertension, which is the cause in 90% of people, doesn't usually start so early in life. Serious obesity, if present, is an important risk factor. ...Read more

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What are some good foods for someone undergoing kidney failure and with diabetes?

What are some good foods for someone undergoing kidney failure and with diabetes?

Control diabetes: First diabetes diet is very important. Then low salt to control BP and potential swelling. If kidney failure is not mild then animal protein and dairy product restriction is important. After dialysis starts then can push animal protein for better nutrition but not before dialysis. In other words, restriction is the main recommendation, no good food to recommend but good dietary regimen/restriction. ...Read more

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How do they test for renal disease?I have positive anas and protein in urine.Pain in kidneys and trouble peeping sometimes.Also have kidney stones.

How do they test for renal disease?I have positive anas and protein in urine.Pain in kidneys and trouble peeping sometimes.Also have kidney stones.

Kidney disease: Kidney disease is indicated by protein in urine, blood in urine, abnormal renal ultrasound, abnormal CT scan of kidneys, elevated serum creatinine, and kidney pain. Only one of these may be present. Or two. Or three. Or more. Requires interpretation in context. ...Read more

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What is a person with diabetes, kidney and heart issues supposed to eat?

What is a person with diabetes, kidney and heart issues supposed to eat?

Low salt, low carbs: This is a situation that has to be handled by a registered dietician. In general it is paramount to control the diabetes. A low salt diet will probably help the heart issues. But to repeat, controlling the diabetes as closely as possible will help all three of these areas. ...Read more

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Kidney Problems (Definition)

Kidney problems are clinical findings that are likely due to kidney issues and include mid-back pain on one side, pain with urination, decreased urination, bubbly ...Read more