Kidney Disease | Protein loss in kidney failure patients

Protein loss in kidney failure patients

Protein helps in building bones, muscles and prevent infection in the body. But if your kidneys are damaged, protein can leak out of the filters of kidneys into your urine. Loss of protein from urine  is called proteinuria. Increase in the production of protein in the body can lead to proteinuria.Though it is not a specific disease, but may require treatment if a person has high blood pressure or high potassium levels in the blood.

A self diagnose test can examine whether their urine has protein in it or not. When a person passes urine, if has froth It is a sign that your urine has protein in it.

Moving forward, let us know what happens when protein leaks out from the urine in the kidney failure patient. If your urine is frothy and reports shows that there is a protein in your urine, this means that your kidneys are not functioning properly. Protein is also required for producing hemoglobin in the body. As protein is deficient in the kidney failure patient

The number one factor is your High Blood Pressure.If you are kidney failure patient and your blood pressure remains high, then your protein loss will also be high. Because what happens is, when blood comes in your kidneys with lot of pressure, and the nephrons in your kidneys cannot filter the blood properly,

In the kidney failure patients, the first step is to manage blood pressure. Second step is to reduce the intake of salt in any form. By taking no salt diet, kidney failure patient will be benefited and blood pressure will be managed and your swelling will also go away. Slowly and gradually your kidney condition will also start improving. Another factor for protein loss is diabetes. If you are a kidney failure patient and your sugar level remains uncontrolled, then your protein loss will remain high. Other causes of protein in the urine include polycystic kidney, lupus, nephrotic syndrome or poor immune system.

Now let us understand, that if there is protein loss in the body, then can you eat protein or not. If you are a kidney failure patient and your creatinine levels are increasing,then even if you are having protein loss, no doctor will ever advise you to take protein. Because high intake of protein increases the metabolism of your muscles which produces more creatinine and it gets accumulated in the body.

So what we need to do is to stop the intake of protein in your diet, if you wish to control your  creatinine level. If you are overweight, then there is no need to take protein. But in the case of kidney failure patients who are losing protein, creatinine levels are high and the patient is underweight, we have to give protein which is easily digestible and absorbed by the body.

Because in your body every function of muscles and tissue, your heart is made up of protein. In kidney failure patients, if there is no protein, then your body becomes weak including you heart.

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