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Tips For People with CKD Balance Protein In Your Diet

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Aug 8, 2011 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains that for people with chronic kidney disease, eating too much protein can harm the kidneys, and gives tips on portion size.


Why is protein an important topic for people with chronic kidney disease? Because – if you eat too much of it, it can put a burden on your kidneys.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Protein provides building blocks that can help the body. But if you have kidney disease, eating more protein than your body needs may be harmful. Talk to your dietitian about what amount and types of proteins are right for you, and consider these tips on portion size:

• For meats and fish, a cooked portion is about two to three ounces or the size of a deck of cards.

• For dairy, a portion is ½ cup of milk or a slice of cheese.

• For plant proteins, one serving would be a ½ cup of cooked beans or a slice of bread.

To learn more, visit our website at NIDDK or . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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