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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.

Protein Intake for PKD with High Creatinine Level

2013-05-23 14:13

Protein Intake for PKD with High Creatinine LevelI have suffered PKD for many years and recently my creatinine level is higher than the normal. From some websites, I have learned that kidney disease patients should limit the protein intake, but I still don’t know the exact amount of protein intake for PKD with high creatinine. Please, help me.

The benefits of protein

Protein, made from chains of amino acids, is an important nutrition for our overall health. When we eat foods that have protein, the body breaks down the long chains of amino acids into single amino acids. Then, the body’s cells use these amino acids to manufacture new proteins, which are used to:

● Repair damaged kidney tissues

● Make antibodies, enzymes and hormones

● Provide energy

● Help maintain acid-base, fluid and electrolyte balance

Protein and Polycystic Kidney Disease

Although protein is a necessary nutrition for our body, patients with kidney disease as well as PKD are usually faced with the dilemma of having to limit the protein intake, because excess protein can increase the burden on kidneys. Suggestions about protein intake for people with PKD changes according to patients’ condition. Normally, you can abide by the following principles:

Stage 1 and 2: You can take 0.8g of protein every day just like the general population.

Stage 3: You can take 0.6 g of protein one daily.

Stage 4: You can take 0.4g of protein one daily.

Stage 5: 0.2g of protein one daily is recommended for you without dialysis, otherwise 1.2g of protein is suitable for you.

Besides the amount of protein, the quality of protein is also very important. For example, fish, egg white, milk and lean meat belongs to high-quality protein. If you want to get a food list in detail, feel free to tell us. Leave a message in the form below or consult the online doctor directly. Either is OK.

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