The Easy Way Diabetics On High Protein Low Carb Diets Can Avoid Early Symptoms Of Kidney Failure
The early symptoms of kidney failure that are associated with diabetes are reversible with natural treatments.
End-stage kidney failure requiring kidney dialysis is one of the most serious complications of diabetes. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. About one out of every four adults with diabetes has kidney disease.
Early signs of kidney failure often have no symptoms and can easily go undetected until they are very advanced, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
Poor Diet Recommendations Are The Cause
All too often with diabetic patients the primary focus is on blood sugar control when it comes to diet recommendations. Practitioners often recommend a high protein, low carbohydrate diet to keep glucose levels low and it’s killing the kidneys.
According to Mayo Clinic findings, some high-protein, high fat diets are stressful on the digestive system and the kidneys. These diets include animal protein and dairy products, which are high in fat, contributing to other factors of the disease such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The American Diabetes Association insists patients with type 2 diabetes should not go on a high protein diet as a means for weight loss because of the unknown long-term effects of protein intake on kidneys. High-protein diets worsen kidney function in diabetics because the body may have trouble eliminating all the waste products of protein metabolism.
Is Your Urine Too High In Protein?
Usually a simple urine test can predict early symptoms of kidney failure. Here’s how to tell if your urine output is healthy or too high in protein:
- Clear/Pale yellow urine - means you are well hydrated and have been drinking plenty of water and fluids
- Dark yellow - indicates dehydration. Drink more fresh juices or water.
- Pink to reddish urine - may be caused by some foods (such as beets) or it may be blood in your urine. Have your doctor test your urine to be sure.
- Blue urine - - Certain food dyes can turn the urine blue when your body doesn't absorb them during digestion.
- Foamy or fizzy urine – especially urine that requires you to flush the toilet several times –indicates high protein in the urine. This is an early sign of kidney disease, and requires performing a urinalysis to check for protein.
Two meta-analyses including observational studies showed that overweight, obesity and the metabolic syndrome increase the risk of kidney disease by forty to eight-three percent in obese subjects. The studies concluded a high protein diet will add another detrimental factor to the increased risk of kidney dysfunction already established for this population.