Your Kidneys on a Low Carb Diet

kidneys

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist.
They are located just below the rib cage, one on each side of your spine. …
Your kidneys, ureters, and bladder are part of your urinary tract.
You have two kidneys that filter your blood, removing wastes and extra water to make urine.

~https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/

One of my favorit resources is DietDoctor.com . Recently I have heard so much negative information about the low carb keto diet. So, I was very pleased when I came across this article.

Do you question if eating this way could harm your kidneys or worsen pre-existing kidney disease? Then this is the article by / Dr. Keith Runyan, MD answers this and other questions about your kidneys in detail.

Takeaway Summaries from the Article

  • Diabetes and high blood pressure cause more than two-thirds of all chronic kidney disease. Preventing, controlling or reversing these two conditions with a low-carb diet may prevent the future development of kidney disease.
  • There is no reason to worry. Research shows us that when kidneys are healthy, the level of protein in the diet has no impact on kidney function. With healthy kidneys, high protein diets are safe. This is true for both higher carb diets and low-carb diets.
  • Following a well-formulated low-carb or ketogenic diet does not appear to increase the risk of kidney stones.
  • A well-formulated low-carb, ketogenic diet in early kidney disease is safe and may even address the underlying issues of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It may preserve kidney function and prevent the progression to more serious stages of chronic kidney disease. In simple terms, by treating diabetes and high blood pressure, low-carb diets may prevent kidney damage.
  • Those with more advanced kidney disease need careful monitoring from a specialist who can ensure they are getting proper amounts of protein within a narrow range of safety and that their electrolytes are appropriately managed. Patients with advanced kidney disease should NOT attempt a low-carb diet without careful supervision.

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