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Does High Protein Cause Kidney Damage or Stones – Clinical Evidence (part 1)

I was asked the other day if having a high
protein diet can cause kidney damage or even kidney stones. I think this is an important question because
so many people are on high protein diets. Or, they put a lot of emphasis in getting
protein with all their meals. This is especially true for people who are
working out and wanting to gain muscle or even when dieting to lose fat. Plus, so many people are also drinking more
protein shakes using one of the most popular supplements on the planet and the most popular
protein powder – which whey protein. So today I’m going to talk about
Clinical evidence regarding protein intake and how it affects kidney function
If high protein is linked to Kidney Stones I’ll also reveal my personal experience
with high protein diets – including people I personally know who were on kidney dialysis
and how two of them died And how much protein you need and the best
type of protein to eat, including powders Can Protein Cause Kidney Damage? The kidneys are remarkable organs that filter
waste compounds, excess nutrients and liquids out of the bloodstream, producing urine. About 20% of the blood your heart pumps through
your body goes to the kidneys. Which is about 48 gallons (180 liters) of
blood being filtered through the kidneys every single day. So, they are working a lot. And unlike the liver, your kidneys don’t
have regenerating properties. So, you better take good care of them. Eating a high-protein meal can raise the pressure
inside the kidneys and cause them to filter more blood than usual, which means more stress
(14, 15). And doing this 5-7x daily with a high protein
diet that many workout people are following, puts constant stress on the kidneys all day
long. However, a detailed review of 74 short-term
studies on protein’s effects on the kidneys concluded that there is no reason to restrict
protein intake in healthy people (18). Unfortunately, there is evidence that a high-protein
diet can be harmful, especially for people with kidney disease and cause further damage. (19, 20). SUMMARY: Based on the short-term studies,
if you are a healthy person and don’t have kidney disease, then you can enjoy a higher
protein diet. NOTE: Please keep in mind that all of these
studies were not long-term, with people who ate high protein diets for months and years
at a time – like many of us do. And I personally have in the past. Additionally, there’s more to this situation
and I want to share some personal stories with you in a minute. Including myself eating a very high protein
diet and multiple people in my life having kidney damage and two people that actually
died from kidney failure. However, let’s first talk about Kidney Stones
Does A High Protein Diet Cause Kidney Stones The answer is yes based on clinical studies
stating that diets heavy on foods that are high in protein, especially if combined with
low carbohydrates, can increase the risk of kidney stones and reduce the body’s ability
to absorb calcium after just six weeks. [R]
I’ll be doing a more detailed video in the near future about kidney stones, what causes
them and how to prevent them from happening. So, make sure you’re subscribed and click
that notification icon so you’ll know when I’ve released the video. Needless to say, if you have had kidney stones
or have a family history or similar, make sure you lower your protein intake, especially
from animal sources. Summary
So far what we’ve learned is that Short-term studies show that in healthy people,
high protein diets don’t negatively affect your kidneys
If you’re concerned about kidney stones, then yes – higher protein diets does make
this situation worse Now, in part two I’ll reveal
My personal story with high protein diets, including kidney damage and death. How much protein you should eat, which will
allow you to still gain muscle and lose fat, without harming your kidneys
The best and safest protein sources

Cesar Sullivan

59 thoughts on “Does High Protein Cause Kidney Damage or Stones – Clinical Evidence (part 1)

  1. hi Dr Sam I never took protein shakes training since young age . but lately found that post workout Bcaa can lessen muscle breakdown. is it hard on the kidney and which one is safe.

  2. Hello Dr Same, How about the type of protein intake? i.e. if the protein comes from nuts or lentils, for instance, would that have the same effect on the kidneys as red meat?

  3. So you stated high protien diet with low carb can cause kidney stones. Isnt that basically a ketogenic diet. And keto diet lacks carbs as source of energy and uses ketones instead?

  4. Basically if you are susceptible to kidney stones then monitor your diet carefully. If not , then you have the green light to do eat high protein diet. No real clinical evidence in the long term. Will watch your next video.

  5. dr sam, i get some erections at night while sleeping but when i wake up( 7am ), i get no morning wood :(((. can u explain for me
    many thank❤️

  6. . In fact these whey protein powders & high protein deit cause damage kidneys ferociously in the long run.
    So men & women should use advance training techniques to spike up their muscle mass and workout twise daily.
    Never use any kind of protein powders because they damage kidney in the long run.
    May God bless you sir for uploading this video thank you very very very much.

  7. Totally agree Dr. Sam. History of bodybuilding for 10+ yrs, nd plenty of protein powders, creatine and pre workouts later I realized I have given myself a fatty liver and kidney. Totally eliminating supplements and just having 3oz of animal protein a day helped considerably. However once you get even acute kidney issues it's very hard to reverse it completely.

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