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Developed by CORU registered kidney (renal) dietitians

Is eating protein unhealthy for people with chronic kidney disease?

No. Protein is an essential nutrient for everybody as part of a well-balanced diet.

However… the amount you need each day will depend on the stage of your kidney disease.

As your kidney disease progresses… you may be told to reduce your protein intake. This is because your kidneys may not be able to able to excrete the waste products if you eat too much.

With end stage kidney disease… if you are on dialysis you will need to eat more protein each day as protein is lost from your body during the dialysis procedure.

The exact amount of protein required… is individual for everybody and is based on your body weight. Talk to your Kidney (Renal) Dietitian about how much protein you need and which food sources are best for you.