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IFKF – WKA Launch

The International Federation of Kidney Foundations was relaunched as International Federation of Kidney Foundation – World Kidney Alliance (IFKF-WKA)

Two studies point to potential impact of high-protein diet on kidneys

‘High-protein diet is bad for kidney health: unleashing the taboo’ in the journal Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation authored by team of Doctors led by Prof. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, President of International Federation of Kidney Foundation(IFKF – WKA), chief, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation at the University of California, Irvine Published in HINDU Newspaper on 16th December 2019.

It is advisable to start such diets under medical supervision, doctors say

How often have you been told to eat more protein and less carbohydrates to stay healthy? Many go for high-protein diets that typically promise rapid weight loss and other health benefits. However, even a high-protein diet that is recommended to lose weight or build muscles can be harmful to normally functioning kidneys, particularly in some categories of people, according to an editorial titled ‘High-protein diet is bad for kidney health: unleashing the taboo’ in the journal Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.

A high-protein diet generally involves daily protein intake of 20 to 25% or more of the total daily energy intake. “As per these studies, one should avoid recommending high-protein intake for weight loss in obese or diabetic patients, or those with prior cardiovascular events, or a solitary kidney. What is important is that studies also suggest that a high-protein diet is harmful even on normal kidneys,” Dr. Zadeh told The Hindu.

The recommended dietary allowance for protein intake is only 0.8 to 1 gm/kg/day. “High-protein intake causes stress even on normal kidneys and leads to glomerular hyperfiltration. It is like having five to seven heavy passengers and other heavy load in your car. A car with a good engine can take the load, but it is extra burden,” Dr. Zadeh explained.

Special categories

However, in patients who are obese, diabetic and at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD), the harm is even more impactful. It is like having an impaired car that you can drive carefully but cannot overburden it, Dr. Zadeh explained.

The two studies suggest the potential harm of a high-protein diet on kidney health across large populations.

According to the review of the studies, there is evidence to show that the ingestion of a high-protein meal leads to increased glomerular filtration rate (GFR), resulting in ‘glomerular hyperfiltration’ due to a surge in amino acids. This leads to dilatation of the ‘afferent’ arteriole and increased intraglomerular pressure. Inversely, a lower intake of dietary protein leads to more constriction of the afferent arteriole, resulting in decreased intraglomerular pressure and lowered GFR. Hence, a low-protein diet is recommended for those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or at risk of CKD such as diabetic or obese patients with micro-albuminuria and even those with a solitary kidney.

Corroborating the studies, Sankaran Sundar, consultant nephrologist from Manipal Hospitals, said if the GFR goes up, kidneys start failing in the long run. “Emerging data across individuals and populations suggests that glomerular hyperfiltration associated with a high-protein diet may lead to higher risk of CKD or may accelerate progression of pre-existing CKD. While those with healthy kidneys may not be affected immediately, those who are at risk of CKD may be more vulnerable,” he said.

Bodybuilders

“We have been seeing several cases of bodybuilders and those following a high-protein diet developing renal issues. Youngsters, especially in the age-group of 20 to 30, who are on fad diets, have been reporting with swelling in the feet and elevated creatinine levels. I get at least one case a month,” he said.

Venu Madhav Reddy G., associate consultant nephrologist at Sakra World Hospital, said he was also seeing several cases of youngsters, following a high-protein diet, reporting with mild renal dysfunction. “If not treated on time, it may lead to chronic problems,” he added.

The doctors asserted that those going on a high-protein diet should first get their kidney functioning analysed. It is advisable to start such diets under medical supervision, they said.

WKD 2019 Activities

WKD Activities – Mexico city

Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation WKD activities

WKD 2019 Activities in Bhutan

WKD 2019 Activities of Hong Kong Kidney Foundation

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Turkish Kidney Foundation 2019 World Kidney Day Activities

Want to support World Kidney Day?

World Kidney Day is around the corner!

On the 14th of March, we will set out to raise awareness of the high and increasing burden of kidney disease worldwide and of the need for strategies for kidney disease prevention and management.

Your role is essential in ensuring a successful and effective campaign. Indeed, you can support us by buying World Kidney Day gadgets from our online shop or by simply donating online. We will gratefully accept any amount — small or large — that you wish to give!
You can also support our cause through our Social Media channels: follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and share our messages. A lot of fun and educational content gets posted on our social media every day, so don’t miss out! If you need some guidance on what to post, you can download our general toolkit which provides you with tweet and hashtag ideas. 

Pin your event!

World Kidney Day 2019 is less than two months away! Are you organizing an event for March 14? Do you want to share it with your community to advertise your activity or find like-minded collaborators? Make sure to pin your event to our interactive map!

We are looking forward to seeing the map being filled with new pins!
Visit www.worldkidneyday.org and download our resources for free. You can use all the material for your events and translate the content in your own language.

We hope you will join us again this year!

Thank you for your support!
The World Kidney Day team

Advocacy Toolkit

Our new Advocacy Toolkit is out and available for download! This toolkit is packed full of information, resources and practical guidance for champions and local organization who wish to engage in advocacy for better kidney health and kidney care

The Toolkit:

  • provides evidence on the global burden of kidney disease,
  • outlines the international political environment which anchors policy making for kidney diseases,
  • describes steps you can take to strengthen your capacity for advocacy and to structure your advocacy including the formulation of advocacy messages and asks, the identification of advocacy targets and the forming of partnerships to advance your advocacy asks.

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WKD Social Media

A lot of fun and educational content gets posted on our social media every day! If you don’t want to miss out, then make sure to follow World Kidney Day on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!
For example, do you want to learn more about Kidney Disease prevention? Do you need some motivation in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? If yes, just follow us on our social media channels!

If you have any further questions or feedback, please feel free to contact our Campaign Manager Anne at anne@worldkidneyday.org 

Thank you for your support!
The World Kidney Day team

Our Campaign Toolkit is available!

WORLD KIDNEY DAY

Our new 2019 general campaign toolkit is now available on our website!

The campaign toolkit offers ideas and inspiration for WKD champions and campaigners throughout the world. It will provide your organization with all the materials you need to run an exciting and successful campaign.

This year our toolkit is easier to use than ever. It features many examples of activities and events as well as ready-made tweets and social media visuals!


If you wish to download the toolkit, visit our website. Should you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact our Campaign Manager Anne at anne@worldkidneyday.org

Blog

Did you have a chance to read our latest blog posts? We share exciting stories and important information on Kidney Health. For instance, have you ever heard the story of the Trainor Siblings who played classic music in a Dialysis centre? Are you interested in learning more about how kidney disease is diagnosed? If yes, check our latest blog posts! 

Pin Your Event!

World Kidney Day 2019 is only three months away! Are you organizing an event for March 14? Do you want to share it with your community to advertise your activity or find like-minded collaborators? Make sure to pin your event to our interactive map. We are looking forward to seeing the map being filled with new pins. We hope you will join us again this year!

If you have any further questions or feedback, please feel free to contact our Campaign Manager Anne at anne@worldkidneyday.org

Thank you for your support!

The World Kidney Day team

4th Renal Nutrition Seminar Tentative Program, December 2018

NKFM will be hosting an international event, the 4th Renal Nutrition Seminar (4th RNS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 6-7 December 2018.

This Seminar, the fourth in our series, is planned as an advanced course in renal nutrition targeting both local and international participation of dietitians, nephrologists, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists. Our Faculty, comprising both international and local experts will deliver topics related to nutritional issues in dialysis patients and enhancing nutrition care of renal patients. The Seminar aims to provide delegates an update on advanced nutrition knowledge applied to kidney patient care.

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