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I have one good kidney, will have other removed, does not function. Would amino acids supplement be safe to take? I don´t want to harm my good kidney.

I have one good kidney, will have other removed, does not function. Would amino acids supplement be safe to take? I don´t want to harm my good kidney.

Why supplements?: Basic amino acids are in your diet, and shouldn't pose a challenge to you kidney, but why take anything that could potentially harm your kidney? Too much of a good thing is too much. You need to be careful to avoid things that are nephrotoxic, that includes medicine too ...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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My wife recently donated a kidney. Are there guidelines on how much protein she should have per day? Or specific amino acids to avoid?

My wife recently donated a kidney. Are there guidelines on how much protein she should have per day? Or specific amino acids to avoid?

Not really: Her kidney function should return to 80cc/min or higher in the coming weeks to months. At that level of function a healthy diet is all that is needed. The key is to follow up on her function over lifetime at a frequency of 8-12 months or sooner if issues. Most donors do well and don't have issues. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does amino acids and whey protein causes problems in kidneys?

Does amino acids and whey protein causes problems in kidneys?

Here are some ...: All available studies have revealed no conclusive evidence to cause kidney damage although possible increased risk of renal stone and possible stress onto the already sick kidneys. Generally speaking, their use for ordinary healthy kidneys should be okay and poses no known risk to the kidneys. More? To http://www.livestrong.com/article/261806-whey-protein-kidney-damage/. Best wishes ... ...Read more

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Has 'branched chain amino acids' (bcaa) diet suplement some negative affects on human body? (kidneys, liver etc.?)

Has 'branched chain amino acids' (bcaa) diet suplement some negative affects on human body? (kidneys, liver etc.?)

?beneficial: Likly to be beneficial in variety of conditions as source of protein. I am not sure the price you pay. Is worth it as egg white is as good a protein which comes. In natural form. ...Read more

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I have weak kidneys but fine now but still little weak ? Will bcaa supplement affect my kidneys , will these amino acids stress or affect my kidney?

I have weak kidneys but fine now but still little weak ? Will bcaa supplement affect my kidneys , will these amino acids stress or affect my kidney?

Branched chain AA: You shouldn't have any adverse effects of taking BCAA in the setting of renal insufficiency or failure. However, you need to take this supplement into account when considering the total amount of protein you are taking per day. Some patients with renal failure need to restrict protein intake to avoid taxing the kidney function. You need to consult your Nephrologist regarding protein intake. ...Read more

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I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?

I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease.  Is this true?

You may be: right. If your doctor prescribes long term PPI use for you, then you should take it as prescribed. However, it is best to have your kidney function checked at least once or twice a year to make sure that you are not one of the very few people with this adverse effect. Here is a good article to read: http://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/gerd-107-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppis ...Read more

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If I have high slighty high uric acid and water retention and ankle pain could I have kidney disease? The ankle pain started first a few months ago.

If I have high slighty high uric acid and water retention and ankle pain could I have kidney disease?  The ankle pain started first a few months ago.

Could be gout: There could be many different things contributing here. One possibility is the problems are not related... The both water retention and ankle pain could be from being overweight if that is a concern. Another possibility is that you can have gout , which is when elevated uric acid deposits crystals in joints which cause pain. You should review these findings with the doctor that ordered the lab. ...Read more

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How come people with hartnup disease cannot digest amino acids?

How come people with hartnup disease cannot digest amino acids?

A defective gene: A gene defect prevents absorption of SOME amino acids from intestines & reabsorption in the kidneys. ...Read more

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Infant suffering from Maple syrup disease shouldn't be given food that is containing branched chain amino acids,what are those foods?

Infant suffering from Maple syrup disease shouldn't be given food that is containing branched chain amino acids,what are those foods?

Nutrition Specialist: Maple Syrup Urine Disease is a genetic defect. Inability to metabolize branched chain amino acids means dietary proteins must be avoided to prevent brain injury, glucose anomalies & more. Elimination of dietary protein is crucial however the risk of serious nutritional deficits is great without guidance from doctors & nutritional experts. See your doctor for referral to a nutrition specialist. ...Read more

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Looking for the normal and abnormal amounts of amino acids in the blood stream in a person with maple syrup urine disease doing a project on maple syrup urine disease and have looking for the normal and abnormal amounts of amino acids in the blood and can

Looking for the normal and abnormal amounts of amino acids in the blood stream in a person with maple syrup urine disease doing a project on maple syrup urine disease and have looking for the normal and abnormal amounts of amino acids in the blood and can

Maple : Maple syrup urine disease is an inherited disorder of metabolism where people are unable to break down the branched-chain amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. These are the three Amino Acids that build-up in high levels in the blood. The exact numbers for abnormal levels depend completely on the lab running the test. In one lab, anything over 10 might be abnormal where in another lab anything over 150 would be abnormal depending on how they run the test and the units used for each value. The exact numbers are not important - just knowing which Amino Acids are too high is the goal. ...Read more

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What are the most common kidney diseases?

What are the most common kidney diseases?

Diabetes/hypertensio: Most common kidney disease are the one related to either diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) or both ...Read more

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How do you catch kidney disease?

How do you catch kidney disease?

Generic term: Kidney disease is a very generic term. Many things can cause it. Commonly, it is diabetes and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What to do about kidney disease?

Depends on diagnosis: A nephrologist is the specialist who organizes care of renal ( kidney ) preservation or function. Depending on the underlying diagnosis he can help orchestrate medical management. The more common nephrologic conditions include nephrosclerosis often seen in patients with hypertension and or diabetes. Glomerulonephritis, of which there are several types, will require specific treatments based on the subtype. ...Read more

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Symptoms of acute kidney disease?

Symptoms of acute kidney disease?

Decreased Urination: Acute kidney disease represents an attack against the attack usually from profound dehydration, nephrotoxic agents like antibiotics or from bacterial infections. The symptoms range from decrease in urine output, nausea and loss of appetite. The most critical side effect is rapid increase in potassium that can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more


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