Anyone have to go on a Low Protein Diet?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2013-02-27 13:02:56 -0600
Started 2013-02-15 13:47:01 -0600

Well I had to visit my doctor this week. I had some good news and some bad news.

Good news My A1C went down to 6.5, from 7.5 and I lost 15lbs.

Bad news I was diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) and Liver Disease.

Doctor called with results and wants me on a Low Protein diet.

Tried to make an appointment with the nutrionist/CDE, and she is booked for the next 4 weeks. (I asked to be put on a waiting list in case of an opening)

In the mean time, I have to figure out what I can eat. Everything I have searched for on the net has high-protein, nothing for low protein.

So if you know of anyone or have been on this diet please advise me, as I'm totally lost, as what I need to buy for groceries to eat.

23 replies

jayabee52 2013-02-15 14:46:44 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear your bad news, Re1ndeer. I found a Low Pro meal plan suggetion in the article here ~ I pray you find it useful!

What problem might be the cause of you needing to go lo pro?

re1ndeer 2013-02-15 15:02:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information, I'll look into it.
It seems my GFR has gone to stage 3, and on top of that the liver disease.

jayabee52 2013-02-15 15:12:45 -0600 Report

I have some resources for you to read regarding CkD stages. One PDF pamplet on stages 1 to 4 and then another on stage 5.

I have no experience or knowledge about liver disease.

re1ndeer 2013-02-15 15:50:26 -0600 Report

If you could message them to me, I would be very grateful. The more information I have on this disease the better prepared I can be.
Thanks James.

clj01 2013-02-17 14:33:07 -0600 Report

If I may step in for a minute, I always feel as though I am butting in where not needed. I spent 20+ years giving dialysis to patients, and in all that time I did not learn enough about how to avoid CKD with diabetes. Now I am facing that possibility in the future. Please everyone, if not diagnosed with CKD, follow your diet and med regimen closely. As I learned years ago the low protein diet for stage 3 and 4 kidney disease essentially eliminates all red meats, most white meats, to include some poultry choices. It is a fairly strict diet that relies on vegetable protein to deliver the needed amount of protein. Vitamin supplements are a must on this type of diet.

re1ndeer 2013-02-17 17:35:28 -0600 Report

I have received a packet in the mail from my doctor telling me I'm limited to 60 grams of protein a day . I also have a list of meats, per se that I can eat. I can have red meat, poultry, seafood, etc, just about any kind of meat. But, I'm limited to only 1 oz., all the rest is in vegetable protein.

jayabee52 2013-02-17 14:50:18 -0600 Report

I am in the process of learning about a dialysis meal plan right now.

There will be more to come about dialysis in a discussion question I am currently in process of finishing. It will show up soon. I am sure you, clj, will have something to add when it comes!

FiberAll 2013-02-15 15:43:56 -0600 Report

I am not saying Jay takes the 100% Pure Pea Protein, but I take the best Protein when I am able to do so and it's great although I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar so it's twice as good for me. I love to be able to share with all of you my opinion even if it doesn't help others.

jayabee52 2013-02-16 03:26:14 -0600 Report

actually I do not FiberAll

in fact I am not sure that the "pure pea protein" would be good for me.

I am supposed to avoid legumes as they have high potassium and phosphorus levels. Eating too much potassium for a long time may calcify my heart and blood vessels, and leach calcium out of my bones turning them into sponges.


FiberAll 2013-02-15 15:42:02 -0600 Report

I do what Jay mentioned, I take the 100% Pure Pea Protein which works or supposed to work well for the body and its low fat or very low fat and I am feeling better. I am not having any Kidney problems as far as I know although I heard it's good for losing weight, Just an opinion and I am not going to say you should do what I am talking about, it's just good for me.

granniesophie 2013-02-15 14:17:09 -0600 Report

If you research for Chronic Kidney disease diet, there is lots of information. Or ask James-he's living it now.
Good luck with this-my mother is also on it (sort of) and is actually feeling better and not getting so sick, altho she is going on dialysis any old minute now! And if an 80 year old woman can change her diet somewhat (albeit kicking and screaming!) I know you can. :)

jayabee52 2013-02-15 14:32:26 -0600 Report

Actually Sophie, my kidney Dr encourages me to eat high protien as does the RD in my clinic. There are Kidney Drs who do discourage high protein for Kidney patients. but usually that is just in the lead up to dialysis. Your mom may have a change in meal plans coming when she actually starts dialysis.

OH and BTW those links to pics are there now on Weight loss discussion!

2013-02-27 10:41:04 -0600 Report

Hello. Have you been referred to a nephologist yet? They
usually have a special trained dieticians associated with
then and sometimes have classes. You could
also look at davits website…but that could be
Also there are several good renal support boards, I
encourage you to check them out and make some
I would HIGHLY encourage you to check out
American kidney patient associan. They have
some very good educational/reading material.
You can also contact rsn. Renal support network.

Good luck with your journey.

jayabee52 2013-02-27 11:45:03 -0600 Report

Thanks accordionman,

Yes I have been doctoring for my kidneys ever since my acute kidney infection and shut down Nov 2006. Plus I am generally the go-to guy for people who have Kidney issues. I am familiar with AAKP, Davita, Fresenius, and other kidney websites. RSN is one with which I am not familiar, but I will check it out.

I just startedialysis again after not needing it for about 6 yrs. My discussion on that may be found here ~


2013-02-27 12:31:57 -0600 Report

Currious hemo or otherwise?
If hemo. Are you going with
nexstage? No back to fluid
Restrictions along with potassium.
For the protein we had success
With prostat ..yes its horrible
But get the cherry one and get
Cherry jello and make gigglers
With it..bearable.
15 g protein per oz.
you most Likly know you can
Order nepro direct and only
Pay half price. Get the van
And add strawberry or Carmel
And yes..just a small squirt of
Choc for flavor…hope it will
not bring up phosphate too

Just keep putting one foot in
Frount of the other.

jayabee52 2013-02-27 13:02:56 -0600 Report

Hemodialysis (had you read the link I just shared with you, those questions would mostly have been answered)

Next stage = transplant? Under consideration but not on a list yet.

Yes on fluid restrictions. 1 ltr /day

Tried to look up prostat. Page not found. I had not been aware of it.

Nor was I aware of Nepro. I found a nutrition label on the web for Nepro here ~

From my perusal of that, I am thinking that it might not be for me.

The 1 ltr serving size (my limit) is 222g, the potassium is 1057 (rather high IMO) and sodium is 842, again rather high IMO. All that for a measly 69.9 g protein for the day.

I do keep on trucking! Thanks for your suggestions.