Myth: Dietary protein restriction slows progression of renal insufficiency

  • Margaret P. Brunson


According to Mitch et al. (1) low-protein diets alleviate uremic symptoms and some complications of chronic renal failure (CRF). Low-protein diets are viewed as nutritionally sound in CRF patients because they activate compensatory mechanisms that conserve body muscle mass. In one of several prospective, randomized studies of the efficacy of protein restric-tion in slowing the rate of progression of renal impairment, Ihle et al. (2) found that ESRD developed in nine of 33 patients on unmodified diets as compared with only two of 31 patients on a protein-restricted diet.


Chronic Renal Failure Protein Restriction Chronic Renal Disease Residual Renal Function Chronic Renal Failure Patient 
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