Does a High Protein Diet cause Kidney Disease? [WARNING: Myth Alert]

Does a High Protein Diet cause Kidney Disease? [WARNING: Myth Alert]

July 29, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hey, this is Dr. Berry for the next few minutes, let’s discuss whether
protein is
Bad for your kidneys will eating too much protein lead to kidney disease
This is a very relevant question as people lower the carbohydrate content of their diet
Of course, they’re going to eat more fat, but most people are also going to eat more protein and there is this
pervasive myth on the internet that
Eating too much protein is bad for your kidneys. It will harm your kidneys it will cause kidney failure
It will make existing kidney failure worse
Let’s talk about those concepts that myth and that big fat medical lie in this video
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The ketogenic diet works. There’s no question about that
we see hundreds of thousands of
Testimonials and although this is anecdotal evidence when you have anecdotal evidence in the hundreds of thousands
or millions a
Good scientist doesn’t ignore that and of course we need more research to figure out exactly why these things are happening
We think we know but we need to know for sure
But whether you’re doing a low carb high fat or a low carb high protein
or even a carnivore diet
You’re gonna be eating more protein probably than you used to get and that may be a better quality protein
but it’s protein nonetheless and there will be a friend or a family member or a co-worker who says
All that protein is gonna kill your kidneys. You’re gonna hear that. I promise you when you when you’re eating a
Triple burger and you’re just eating the meat and the cheese and the bacon
Someone’s gonna say all that protein is gonna mess up your kidneys. So let’s talk about that. Okay, there is absolutely zero
Research that shows this I’m not sure where this myth came from
There are a few studies that were very poorly done years and years decades actually ago
that seemed to show this but then there have actually been great studies that
Absolutely disprove this myth even in people with advanced stages of chronic kidney disease
Eating protein has no harmful effect on your kidneys
Whatsoever protein does not harm your kidneys
Say it with me protein is not bad for your kidneys. Okay, that is a myth. That is not true
anyone who says
Too much protein is bad for your kidneys
You can immediately switch them off because they are not a reputable source of health and nutrition information
They are far far behind on the reading they still believe in Internet myths and they basically don’t know what they’re talking about
I’m gonna link three studies down below that that
Definitively show that even high protein diets
Won’t harm your kidneys. Now the ketogenic diet I recommend for people is a high fat moderate protein
very low carbohydrate diet for most people
Some people do better on a carnivore diet
I noticed this more and more I try to make my carnivore diet
Which I’ve been eating for a year now. I try to make it about half and half
Fat and protein gram per gram not not calorie per calorie. And that does me very well. I’m satiated
I feel great and every time I check my blood work
my kidney function is still immaculate and so the tests that you may hear talked about or the
B UN level that’s the blood urea nitrogen
Level you’ll hear the creatinine level not creatine, but creatinine level and you’re here
You’ll hear about the GFR or the glomerular filtration rate
That’s what you’ll hear about. Okay now
really a
Lot of times if if you’re be you in or your blood urea nitrogen
Level is elevated
A lot of patients who don’t know better and a lot of doctors who should know better
Think that’s a sign of kidney damage
But it’s not all that means is you’re just eating lots of protein if you eat lots of protein
It might elevate your bu in that is not an indication of kidney damage
It means you had a lot and you have more urea in your bloodstream
Urea is just a breakdown product when you eat protein
Which is broken down into amino
Acids part of the the long-term cycle of that is you have an increased level of urea in your bloodstream
Not a sign of kidney damage if your creatinine level is even one tenth of a point high
You’ve got some kidney damage you you have at least stage one chronic kidney disease that was not caused by protein, my friend
I promise okay if your
Glomerular filtration rate is low. Then you’ve got you’ve got some kidney damage
You’ve got a problem there somewhere and you need to talk to your doctor about that. So
What damages kidneys if it’s not protein because we all thought it was protein released
Some people thought that what actually does actually it’s the high carbohydrate diet. We’ve been told to eat for the last 50 or 60 years
When I was a young boy, there was not a dialysis clinic within 200 miles of my home now
There’s a dialysis clinic on in every small town in America, and that’s not because people have been eating lots of protein
That’s because people have been eating lots of processed carbohydrates and that is what destroys your kidney function
So cut the carbs and stop worrying about the protein now
I’m going to do some more videos on this channel about protein
Will it kick you out of ketosis will protein raise your insulin too high and turn off your fat loss
But that’s not what this video is about
So I’m gonna link the three studies in the show notes below and I want you to check those out and just remember if anybody
Says, oh that’s a lot of protein that might harm your kidneys
They are no longer a source of reputable health and nutrition information for you
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