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I hear from doctors, contrary things about high protein diet affecting kidneys. What is the truth? Is it harmful or not and when / who?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Depends on health of

It is dependent on the health of your kidneys.
If your kidneys are normal, then high protein dies has no effect on them. But if you have impaired kidney function(with a high serum creatinine level(>2mg), then proteins are potentially harmful and low protein diet is useful and proven helpful. So high protiens are toxic to damaged kidneys.

In brief: Depends on health of

It is dependent on the health of your kidneys.
If your kidneys are normal, then high protein dies has no effect on them. But if you have impaired kidney function(with a high serum creatinine level(>2mg), then proteins are potentially harmful and low protein diet is useful and proven helpful. So high protiens are toxic to damaged kidneys.
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