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Is Milk Good for Low Kidney Function

2013-10-07 11:02

Is Milk Good for Low Kidney FunctionIs milk good for low kidney function? What we eat has direct relationship with our kidney condition, so when kidney function becomes low, we need to be very careful about foods we eat, so as to avoid further decrease of kidney function. Well then, is milk good for low kidney function?

Is milk good for low kidney function?

Kidney function becomes lower when kidney tissues are injured. In that case, we need to avoid foods that may increase kidney burden and worsen kidney condition. Milk is a good source of protein which is a must for a healthy and strong body. Protein contained in milk is high quality protein which can be consumed well by our body. Urea nitrogen is the end product of protein which needs to be discharged through kidney. For high quality protein, less wastes will be formed while they are consumed in our body. For this reason, high quality protein is more preferable, compared with low quality protein. Also, this explains why milk is suggested to patients with low kidney function. In our daily life, aside from milk, there are some foods that are rich in high quality protein and they are egg white, lean meat and fish.

How much milk to drink with low kidney function?

Although high quality protein is recommended for patients with low kidney function, they must be careful about the intake of milk, as drinking too much milk with increase the amount of urea nitrogen in the body. To discharge excessive urea nitrogen in the blood, kidneys have to work more hardly. Therefore, high intake of milk will increase kidney burden and thus worsen kidney condition. Seeing from this point of view, limiting milk intake is very important.

Chronic Kidney Disease is divided into 5 stages in medicine, according to GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate). Patients with low kidney function needs to limit their milk intake into different range. Generally speaking, for patients with low kidney function, if their illness is in stage 2-3, they needs to ingest 0.6-0.8grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. And if their illness is in stage 4-5, they need to limit their protein intake into 0.2-0.4grams per kilogram of body weight per day. However, if they have started dialysis, they need to ingest more protein every day (usually 1.2grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day) as they need to replenish protein they lose during dialysis.

At last, milk is good for people with low kidney function, but they need to limit the intake of it. If you are a patient of kidney disease, you can send your test report to kidney-treatment@hotmail.com. Our nephrologists will help you analyze and then fight out how much milk you can drink everyday.

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