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polycystic kidney disease and protein consumption

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  • Posted By: reensjp
  • October 13, 2006
  • 02:31 AM


I am a 35 year old PKD patient, with no current issues with my kidneys. I am trying my hardest to keep the cyst growth, and corrolating function decline, at bay through a healthy lifestyle. So far, so good, I think. My problem is, I've recently begun exercising very seriously, and participated in a fitness competition for the first time this summer. I had a blast, and I cannot wait to do it again. What has me concerned is I am beginning to really edit my diet, and make it as clean as I can, to maximize the results I get, but the quantity of protein that I am supposed to be consuming for training is quite a bit more than is recommended for my condition. (I am supposed to only consume .6g per kg of body weight, which right now puts me at 38g, and will go lower as I lose weight for competition... the recommended amount from trainers for my weight is around 1-1.5g per kg of body weight, which is around 159g, almost 5 times higher)

My question is this- I realize that the lower amount of protein is recommended to keep my kidneys from having to process excess protein in my system, but if my body is utilizing the protein to build muscle, then there shouldn't be any excess to be processed, right? Also, if I work out and don't provide my body with adequate protein, don't I run the risk my muscles cannabalizing themselves to fuel my training (which totally defeats the purpose of training) and creating a state of ketosis, which is very ******n the organs, particularly the kidneys?

I would appreciate any information that anyone has....


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