How Not to Die from Kidney Disease

How Not to Die from Kidney Disease

“How Not to Die from Kidney Disease” Kidney failure may be both prevented
and treated with a plant-based diet, and no wonder; kidneys are
highly vascular organs. Harvard researchers found three
significant dietary risk factors for declining kidney function: animal
protein, animal fat, and cholesterol. Animal fat can alter the actual structure
of our kidneys, based on studies like this, showing plugs of fat literally clogging up
the works in autopsied human kidneys. And the animal protein can
have a profound effect on normal kidney function,
inducing what’s called hyperfiltration, increasing the workload of
the kidney; but not plant protein. Eat a meal of tuna fish and you can see
the increased pressure on the kidneys go up within 1, 2, 3 hours after the meal,
in both nondiabetics and diabetics. So we’re not talking adverse
effects decades down the road, but literally within hours
of it going into our mouth. Now, if instead of having a tuna
salad sandwich, though, you had a tofu salad sandwich, with the exact same amount
of protein, what happens? No effect. Dealing with plant protein
is no problem. Why does animal protein cause the
overload reaction, but not plant protein? It appears to be due to
the inflammation triggered by the consumption
of animal products. How do we know that? Because, if you give a powerful,
anti-inflammatory drug along with that tuna fish, you
can abolish the hyperfiltration, protein leakage response
to meat ingestion. Then, there’s the acid load. Animal foods—meat, eggs, and dairy—
induce the formation of acid within the kidneys, which
may lead to tubular toxicity, damage to the tiny, delicate,
urine-making tubes in the kidney. Animal foods tend to be acid forming—
especially fish, which is the worst— then pork and poultry, whereas plant foods tend
to be relatively neutral, or actually alkaline, base-forming
to counteract the acid. So the key to halting the progression
of chronic kidney disease might be in the produce market,
rather than the pharmacy. No wonder plant-based diets have been
used to treat kidney disease for decades. Here’s protein leakage on the
conventional low sodium diet, which is what physicians
would typically put someone with declining
kidney function on. Switched to a supplemented vegan
diet, then back to conventional, plant-based, conventional,
plant-based; turning on and off kidney dysfunction
like a light switch, based on what was
going into their mouths.


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  2. We need a bettter understanding of "Protein". Plant' 'protein' , animal 'protein' and soya 'protein' cannot all be the same.
    If we concur that we don't need animal 'protein', why on earth would we need soya 'protein' or other plant 'protein'.
    It doesn't make sense.

  3. Is there any danger in eating only plants because they produce a more basic environment in out kidneys? Don't they need a delicate balance, not more acidic and not more basic?

  4. My kidneys are under a lot of stress from the anti-rejection meds I have had to take since my double-lung transplant, but since I went vegan 6 months ago my creatinine has been much better!

  5. Love the video's Dr. Greger. Thank you! As a RD for 7+ years its refreshing that there are still some "pro nutrition" MD's ….I have a quick question. Assuming a renal patient does not need dialysis….should I keep telling patients to avoid high potassium fruits/vegetables? Or do the benefits outweigh the risks?

  6. Do a video on lipopolysaccharide and inflammation. Maybe where it comes from and if we can avoid it? That would be awesome.

  7. Thank you so much for this video it's as if it were for me.. i'm vegan, but have been noticing my kidneys acting strange .. and i know it's because i eat way too much salt.. i don't eat it all the time but when i do i go all out… :[

  8. i've been vegan for over 30 years and suddenly got very sick 2 years ago. painful arrhythmia, constant malaise and head burning. i've seen over 30 dr's who couldn't figure out what it is. just this week it occurred to me that it's possibly HYPERKALEMIA from excess protein which couldn't be excreted because i was taking advil for a back injury, and now a beta blocker for the arrhythma. my potassium is somewhat high: 5.2, and BUN and creatinine are too low. how can i heal my kidneys?

  9. I have a completely none related question…..and didn't know where to ask it.
    My sister in law has fibromyalgia and she has read ..What your doctor may not tell you about Fibromyalgia. Her doctor currently has her on Guaifenesin and avoiding healthy veggies and starches like carrots and potatoes, and No fruit. Due to suggested salicylates.
    I have been doing my own research and finding people making great recoveries on vegan diets.
    And articles like this and this have definitely made me question her current therapy. Can you provide any insight on salicylates or guaifenesin

  10. dad has kidney problems, the doctor said he should stop drink soy milk and nuts in general and he should instead drink a lot of cow milk. I don't get it because he first told him the opposite. I seriously don't know what to do, he's had these problems for 20 years now.

  11. Wow, didn't know this, but it will be implemented. The actual facts are much appreciated. Excellent and quality upload from Nutrition facts, as we've come to expect, True experts in their field.

  12. I didn't watch this video yet, but let me guess… kidney failure is a result of eating animals.  Did I get that right?

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  14. I have a Kidney infection right now and I am vegan. I'm having antibiotics and don't have much appetite. But wondering, are there any veg or herbs I should be sure have to help my kidneys get better quicker?

  15. If u don't drink enough water and consume sugary drinks and processed foods that will be enough to wreak havoc on kidneys is it not.?

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  17. Get every thing you need to help restore your kidney health, and avoid getting diabetes and even cancer. . . Because you won't need to suffer the problems if you can improve your kidney health .

  18. Dr Greger you're an inspiration to me . I'm vegan 20 years old however I've been diagnosed with a sinus pericranii . I've gotten bouts of dizziness and blurry vision before. I would truly appreciate any advice that you have to offer , I'm feeling very desperate .

  19. my mom is on dialysis and you should see what they have posted next to the weight scale, a diagram of good source of protein, eggs, steak, chicken, etc. it's insane. On top of that the dialysis center nutritionist always has a sit down talk with me every other week concerning my mom diet and stresses to me the important of her eating meat and eggs because they are good source of protein, it's very cringy. I'm glad my mom doesn't speak English to understand these nonsense.

  20. These videos are great. I'm definitely cutting meat out of my diet. Not that I ate that much of it to begin with but now I'm going for none at all.

  21. Don’t settle for the life you are living right now … it can be better … find out right here what these people did to improve their kidney function and reverse their kidney disease against all the odds and advice from their doctors-> …

  22. here's several things you can try
    drink lots of water.
    eat watermelon – that can reduce kidney disease .
    try taking pomegranate seeds and drink organge juice – these can cure kidney disease .
    avoid tomato, asparagus, radish and fizzy drinks.
    (I read these and the reasons they work on Dravin Magic Plan site )

  23. I've been studying the best natural cure for reducing kidney disease at home and found a great resource at Dravin magic plan (check it out on google)

  24. if this is true why am I dr no offence …but why am I in so much pain right now twice since being vegan 10 months..excrutiating pain..i think kidney disease/stones seeing dr tmrw to get bloods bak and order scans

  25. At 2:00 I was stunned by the graphic showing relative acid-inducing effects of different non-plant foods. Who would have thought beef could be less damaging than fish or poultry? But my favorite was not on the list — lamb. I need to find out.

  26. Amazing what veggies can do for the body. By the way just wanted to thank you for all your videos and information that you put out for the public. I am know able to control my chronic gout by changing to a plant based diet. 👍👍👍

  27. Is this a fact ? Limit high-purine vegetables. Asparagus, beans, peas and spinach are plant-based foods with higher levels of purine. Moderate intake does not usually pose a problem, but meals containing large quantities should be avoided.

  28. I have spent months studying the top natural remedy for treating kidney disease naturally and found a great resource at Jaylands Kidney Kit (check it out on google)

  29. There are so many posters in my school cafeteria saying drink milk when it causes so many problems! It is so weird how they promote these types of inflammatory foods.

  30. I work at elderly home and the amount of medications that you see people on is rather alarming from antihypertensives, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, cholesterol pills, opioids, parkinsonian medications, and vitamin D with residents taking at least 15 medications per day if not more. Why is there so much emphasis upon medications when there are better ways to address people's healthcare needs in a cheaper and holistic way i.e: diet? Since when has it become more important to make pharmaceuticals companies billions than to help people manage their health with nutrition education or education in general.

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