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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

How Much Protein Should I Take in Stage 1 PKD

2014-07-01 03:32

How Much Protein Should I Take in Stage 1 PKDThere are some factors that will cause Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), such as heredity and infections. In clinic, the progression of this disease is divided into five stages according to the growth of the cysts. Timely treatment and reasonable diet are required. As for the diet, there are some restrictions, including protein intake. Then, how much protein should the patient with stage 1 PKD take?

What is stage 1 PKD?

Stage one, also called emergence period, has the best prognosis because at this stage, the cysts are still too small to cause any symptoms or complications. Usually, the cysts are harmless and no treatment is needed.

How much protein should I take in stage 1 PKD?

Neither too much nor too little protein intake is good for the health. On one hand, protein is one of the essential nutrition needed for our body. Without enough protein intake, the body cannot work adequately and people always feel tired due to anemia. On the other hand, if the protein intake is more than what the body needs, more metabolic production of protein will burden the kidneys, because those metabolic productions are filtered by kidneys as wastes.

For healthy people, 30-50g protein each day is OK for them, or we can say 1g per kilogram of body weight is recommended. For muscle builders, 2g-2.5g per kilogram of body weight is good.

For stage 1 PKD patients, they can take protein as general people if they have no obvious loss of kidney function. On the contrary, they should limit the protein intake to less than 1g per kilogram of body weight if their creatinine and BUN (blood urea nitrogen) is abnormally higher. Foods that contain high-quality protein such as egg white, lean meat and milk is good for stage 1 PKD patients.

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