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Old 06-24-2014, 04:19   #1
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With all of the saturated fat, i.e. heavy cream, coconut oil, etc., and protein I'm now eating should I worry about over working my kidneys?

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High blood pressure and high blood glucose cause more harm to kidneys than saturated fat and protein. Just make sure that you don't overdo the protein part. You should be fine.

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The short answer is no. There is no association I know of that suggests that saturated fat has any damaging effect on the kidneys. There has been a lot of claims that protein is damaging to the kidneys but it has been shown that, unless someone already has kidney damage, it is not dangerous. As a diabetic we limit protein as it also has an effect on blood glucose. The worst thing for your kidneys is high blood sugar and kidney damage is one of the serious complications of diabetes when not controlled.
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Both of the above answers are spot on. Your kidneys will be just fine on LCHF.
Your question stems from the belief that the saturated fats will enter the blood stream & so on & so forth ,,,, This issue has been discussed countless times on the forum.

It doesn't happen like that at all. Most of our fats in circulation are produced by the liver in the form of bile acids. Dietary fat is hardly able to enter circulation AND it's contribution to fats circulating in blood is around 15 %. 85 % comes from the body itself. And guess what, when you eat less fat, the liver makes more of it. Most dietary fat enters the lymph and is distributed via this medium. By the time the lymph connects with the vascular system most of the fats are delivered & the fatty acid chains are pretty reduced & small.

This propaganda only benefits the medical / pharma world as it keeps their cash counters rolling.
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Not unless you have some kidney problems that you want to be careful about. This diet should be fine.

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I was worried about this as well. At dx, my blood work indicated that my kidneys were in distress and if nothing changed, I probably would have some serious kidney issues. I was put on metformin 500 2 x a day and 5 mg of linsinopril "to protect my kidneys". That was followed by several weeks of an ADA "healthy diet" that had my BG through the roof!

Then I went LCHF, and I try to stay under 20 grams of carbs a day. I eat a lot of fat, no lean meat for me and I eat the whole egg. The only carbs I consume are vegetables with very few nuts and a couple berries once in a while.

I did that for 14 weeks and then went in for blood work. Every single one of the tests that previously had shown my kidneys were in distress had completely reversed and all were in the middle of the known good range.

I am not giving medical advice, I'm only sharing my personal experience.

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I was worried about this as well. At dx, my blood work indicated that my kidneys were in distress and if nothing changed, I probably would have some serious kidney issues. I was put on metformin 500 2 x a day and 5 mg of linsinopril "to protect my kidneys". That was followed by several weeks of an ADA "healthy diet" that had my BG through the roof!

Then I went LCHF, and I try to stay under 20 grams of carbs a day. I eat a lot of fat, no lean meat for me and I eat the whole egg. The only carbs I consume are vegetables with very few nuts and a couple berries once in a while.

I did that for 14 weeks and then went in for blood work. Every single one of the tests that previously had shown my kidneys were in distress had completely reversed and all were in the middle of the known good range.

I am not giving medical advice, I'm only sharing my personal experience.

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Question?? When you were told your kidneys were in distress what was your bun level?

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Question?? When you were told your kidneys were in distress what was your bun level?
February of this year I was told they were in distress. I'd need to look up my records to give you an exact number and all of the indicators involved. As I remember, it was above normal and trending in the wrong direction.

Sounds like you wish to compare yours to mine?

I don't recommend that. What matters is your own levels and what the trend is.

Keep in mind, LCHF includes a whole bunch of food that is very good for you. Yes, it's true, my 2 very large coffees every morning contain over 400 calories of fat - each! I smother vegetable in butter. I add olive oil and other fat dressings to my salad. But the fact is, I'm eating more healthy real food now than I ever have before.

I was also worried about this, the protein especially, but as long as I keep the carbs low (for me it's around 30 grams a day or less), add fat to everything in a way that tastes good, I rarely am hungry enough to eat too much protein. I trust my meter to tell me I'm doing it right.

Only you can decide if trying LCHF is worth the risk.

In my case, the risk was way lower than all the apples, oranges, bananas, bread, noodles, toast, bagels, and all the other "healthy" foods I used to eat.

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I am still amazed at the number of people who quote the "high protein is bad for your kidneys" mantra.

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