High protein diets may lead to long-term kidney damage among those suffering from chronic kidney disease, according to research led by nephrologist Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine.
The research also indicates that a low protein, low salt diet may not only slows the progression of CKD as an effective adjunct therapy, but it can also be used for the management of uremia, or high levels of urea and other uremic toxins in the blood, in late-stage or advanced CKD and help patients defer the need to initiate dialysis.
There is too much emphasis on dietary protein period. Common sense dictates that even in the absence of CKD a low protein, low sodium diet is prudent. Recently I’ve been reducing the sodium and surprisingly food still tastes good. I really notice restaurant meals when too much salt is present. Hell, I’m even eating unsalted cashews.