Kidney failure? It's a sad scenario. The other day I saw a patient. A young guy of 30 , the kind who is trying to make his abdomen into six packs or something. Just as a routine checkup and it was found that he was on the borderline kidney failure. After a few question and answers I found that he was on a high protein diet. Everyone in the gym is doing it….even many people trying to lose weight or common people hoping that it will make a better diet are doing it.
Protein is Essential
Although protein intake is important, it should be within limit. One cannot cut out carbohydrates, fats… because of it. It assists in synthesizing enzymes and hormones, maintaining fluid balance, and regulating such vital functions as building antibodies against infection, blood clotting, reduces bad cholesterol and improves scar formation. Protein is also a building block for our muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and blood. Protein-rich foods include meat, cheese, milk, fish, and eggs. For vegetarians, protein can be found in soy products such as tofu as well as in combinations of foods, such as rice or corn with beans.
15% of the total food intake is normal.
But I have been watching the way companies are pushing protein rich foods such as soya in the market and people are eating protein rich diet.. ..it’s a huge hype and one should be very careful.
In excess of 20% Proteins start showing adverse effects on health, especially on the long run……. And anything more than 30% will definitely cause harm both in the short and long run.
1. Eating extra protein does not help boosting muscle mass and strength…it is your exercise regime doing it.
2. While trying to take high protein people reduce carbohydrate, fat… that will reduce immunity and put other body parts such as liver, intestines under stress and reduce the absorption of vitamins and essential minerals.
3. In the beginning you will to lose water and it will make you dehydrated. This water loss shows like weight loss. Soon excess protein will be converted to fat….sooner than later you will start putting on muscle mass i.e., weight.
4. This is the most dangerous and irreversible effect and is steadily rising in the population : excess proteins WILL result in the buildup of toxic ketones. These ketones will have to be flushed out by the kidneys. Kidneys can only take that much load of ketones. Load the kidneys with more they will start failing. This will not show immediately because body can function perfectly with one kidney but someday…in the long run you might end up in kidney failure.
5. You will lose bone calcium which itself is not safe in the long run..it will not just strain your bones but your heart in the long run.
6. High protein diet will make you feel week and dizzy and give you bad breath.
There are a few groups who need protein they are old people, malnourished children, patients suffering from severe illness and eating disorders. But other than these groups people should be careful how much protein they eat.
Even if you do not agree with me please consult a physician before you continue ..if at all you are on a protein rich diet. If not be healthy and happy.
Just to let you know: I am a doctor.