Chronic Kidney Disease Patients May Need To Rethink How They Intake Protein Through their Diet

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As kidney function drops in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients they may notice that protein foods, such as eggs begin to lose their appeal and sometimes can even taste funny. However,  the dialysis provider, DaVita, notes that CKD patients need "calories and quality protein" to feel their best. Chock-full of protein, eggs are a quick and easy way for people with CKD to get their daily fill. In fact a previous study found that phosphorus levels declined in CKD patients, specifically those on dialysis, who ate egg whites instead of meat for one meal a day.  

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As presented at the National Kidney Foundation, the study revealed the vast majority of participating patients  (92%) had a significant decrease in phosphorus intake from 692 to 572 mg/day which resulted in levels declining to 4.63 mg/dL from a 5.54 mg/dL average. While albumin levels remained stagnant, phosphorus binder intake ticked down from a baseline of 6.63 to 6.42 daily pills. 

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For those with CKD who are struggling with weight loss, another two-month general study showed that subjects eating two protein-rich eggs a day every day for breakfast lost significantly

more weight than those who ate a bagel. Packing protein in your breakfast has been associated with lower overall food intake during the day and increased weight loss. Who doesn't feel like they're on a diet when they're eating egg whites, right?

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The CKD specific study suggested that at 28 grams “pasteurized liquid egg whites are an effective component of the renal diet for lowering serum phosphorus while maintaining the albumin level,” and they may be used for a variety of cooking and preparation styles. KidneyBuzz.com always recommends getting direct advice from your Dietitian BEFORE making any changes to your diet. However, you should use our vetted and reliable information to better inform your decision when working with your Dietitian and other members of your healthcare team. 

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References:

Q by Equinox. "Are Egg Yolks as Healthy as the Whites? It's Time to Rethink the Whole Egg." Http://shine.yahoo.com/. Details Magazine | Healthy Living

"Using Egg Whites to Keep Protein Up and Control Phosphorus." Davita.com. - DaVita

Charnow, Jody A. "Egg Whites May Help Lower Phosphorus." Renalandurologynews.com. Renal and Urology News