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Reduced Kidney function and possibly starting paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Hi all -

I've been "evangelizing" to my family, but my mom is concerned about switching to Paleo because she has reduced kidney function. Her Creatinine levels have just returned down to what is considered "normal" at 1.2 but a few years ago they were up in the 2s and 3s - basically she's a step away from dialysis unless her numbers stay low and she eats well.

High Protein supposedly exacerbates kidney problems.

Is paleo safe for her? Of course her doctor is going to tell her stay away from proteins - but if she shifted her current diet and did not alter the protein % she eats now, and just switches carbs to fats that would make a big difference with little chance for harm, no?

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on April 03, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Thanks, I'll pass this on. Who knows if she'll try - she's very very anxious about possibly making it worse.

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on March 30, 2011
at 10:05 AM

I would recommend Dr Richard Berstein's book The Diabetes Solution available used at http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=bernstein&sts=t&tn=diabetes+solution&x=0&y=0 http://www.diabetesdaily.com/edelman/2010/03/interview-dr-bernstein-on-low-carb-diets-treatments-politics.php He was a diabetic who had kidney disease and discovered that if he normalized his blood sugar by low carb, he stopped his kidney disease. Search kidney disease & low carb for other references Purchase a glucometer as the underlying problem is probably borderline diabetes. It can be controlled by low carb

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Nice information, thank you. Are there any other resources that you know of that may help? I doubt a blog will 100% sway her to literally put her life on the line as much as I feel it will help her in a positive way to eat paleo. I think she's envisioning plates upon plates of meat or something.

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on March 29, 2011
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I would point you to the following post today by BillyE, a patient of Dr. Ken Tourgeman, a practicing Nephrologist (kidney doc) in Fort Lauderdale. Billy talks about how the paleo/evolutionary diet, directed by Dr. T has practically eliminated his Type II diabetes, his overweight condition, and has reversed his kidney disease.

http://nephropal.blogspot.com/2011/03/lenskys-experiment.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Nephropal+%28NephroPal%29

She needs basically to eliminate wheat, sugar, corn, industrial oils such as soybean oil, corn oil from her diet and replace all that crap with meat (protein) & fat...such as coconut oil, butter and a few veggies slathered in butter.

Many of us paleo eaters eat 75-80% fat, 15-20% protein, and 5% or less carbs. We do this so we do not raise our blood sugar very much and thus we do not spike our insulin to control blood sugar...the result no heart disease, no kidney disease, no high blood pressure.

She can supplement with Vit D3 also.

Good luck with her transition. It will do her wonders.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on March 30, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Nice information, thank you. Are there any other resources that you know of that may help? I doubt a blog will 100% sway her to literally put her life on the line as much as I feel it will help her in a positive way to eat paleo. I think she's envisioning plates upon plates of meat or something.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on March 30, 2011
at 10:05 AM

I would recommend Dr Richard Berstein's book The Diabetes Solution available used at http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=bernstein&sts=t&tn=diabetes+solution&x=0&y=0 http://www.diabetesdaily.com/edelman/2010/03/interview-dr-bernstein-on-low-carb-diets-treatments-politics.php He was a diabetic who had kidney disease and discovered that if he normalized his blood sugar by low carb, he stopped his kidney disease. Search kidney disease & low carb for other references Purchase a glucometer as the underlying problem is probably borderline diabetes. It can be controlled by low carb

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on April 03, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Oranges12, For your Mom, I cut and pasted the following tweet from Robb Wolf....Owns and operates a Crossfit box in Chico, Ca. and author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

One of our clients was told he needed dialysis. One month of moderate protein #paleo reduced his BUN by 50%. Dr "can't understand it"

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 03, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Thanks, I'll pass this on. Who knows if she'll try - she's very very anxious about possibly making it worse.

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