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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.

Can a Person with PKD Have Protein Smoothies

2014-07-17 01:56

Can a Person with PKD Have Protein SmoothiesSince people with kidney disease are always to required to limit their protein intake, they have many diet restrictions. Can a person with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) have protein smoothies? Many people take protein smoothies as their post work recovery or for muscke-building. Can a PKD person take as healthy people?

Effects of protein smoothies

Protein smoothies, also known as protein shake, have both benefits and side effects. However, there is no evidence show that protein smoothies will cause kidney damage. To be more accurate, protein smoothies can worsen kidney problems not cause renal damages. For healthy people, they can take protein smoothies, but they cannot take too much. The dieticians will give a proper amount for people who want to take protein smoothies. Well then, how about people with PKD?

Polycystic Kidney Disease is characterized by multiple cysts on the kidneys. Those cysts are progressive and will damage kidneys when they enlarge. If PKD has caused kidney function loss, patients will be recommended to take low quantity of protein. The purpose of the kidneys is to filter your blood and remove waste from your system while essential nutrients are delivered to tissues and organs. Protein is filtered through the kidneys; too much of it may strain renal function. Older individuals or those with existing kidney problems should consult a doctor to determine whether protein shakes are right for them.


In generally, a person with kidney disease is recommended to take 0.6-0.8g per kilograms of body weight. A typical protein shake contains 20 to 40 g of protein, which may put many people above their daily protein needs. Actually, you can take enough protein in the daily diet and do not need any protein supplements. However, if the patients with PKD have large amounts of protein in urine, they can supply some high-quality proteins. In that case, whey, soy or casein protein smoothies may be a good choice when adding protein supplements to your daily regimen. Discuss the options with your doctor or dietitian before trying any protein supplement.

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