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What amount of dietary protein is appropriate when you have kidney disease?

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The amount of protein appropriate for a patient in stage one, two or three of chronic kidney disease is generally limited to 12 to 15 percent of the patient's daily caloric intake, according to DaVita. Those in stage four may be limited to 10 percent.

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Patients in stage five of chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys function at less than 10 percent, require a kidney transplant, and dialysis is performed until an organ becomes available, states DaVita. Dialysis flushes protein waste from the blood. Patients on dialysis may need to increase their protein intake during this period to compensate for a loss of amino acids that occurs during dialysis. A renal dietician makes recommendations for protein based on the patient's body size, stage of disease, lab results and other health conditions.

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