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Recommended Protein Intake
Protein is an important building block for your body. However, it creates a waste product called urea. When you’ve got chronic kidney disease, your body doesn’t remove urea very well—so you can feel tired, as well as lose your appetite.
Know how much is too much—or too little
When your kidney function is less than 25%, or stage 4, you may be told to cut back on red meat, poultry, fish and dairy—since they contain high levels of protein. But—and this is a big but—protein is still essential for all your body functions; it’s just a matter of eating the right amount.
WAY TO THRIVE
Think of protein-rich meat and dairy foods as side dishes—not the main portion on your plate. Get guidance from your doctor and dietitian.
The average American eats almost twice the amount of protein they need each day. For example, the average 150-pound man eats about 100 grams of protein each day, but needs only 54 grams.
For CKD stages 3 and 4, you will want to reduce your protein portion to half the size of your palm. This changes depending on your stage. Ask your dietitian so you know your personal goal.