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Is amino acid tablet a better option over protein rich food for a patient with CKD?

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Question: MY 68 year old son has CKD from 29 years of lithium he took for bipolar disease, and has to watch his protein intake. Can he take amino acid tablets, or is that just like eating protein?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
aminoacids do not seem to cause trouble

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

if he has proteinuria then high protein intake may harm his kidneys. Aminoacids - the building blocks of proteins - do not seem to cause harm to patients with chronic kidney disease. Actually supplementation with essential amino acids has shown benefits for such patients.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Kind regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (2 hours later)
His urine protein is 100; is that proteinurea?? The Ref range is Neg.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
no...

Detailed Answer:
It takes more than 150mg/24h to speak about proteinuria. He only has chronic kidney disease (renal insufficiency) with high creatinine.

Hope my answer is helpful.

Take care,
Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is amino acid tablet a better option over protein rich food for a patient with CKD?

Brief Answer: aminoacids do not seem to cause trouble Detailed Answer: Hello, if he has proteinuria then high protein intake may harm his kidneys. Aminoacids - the building blocks of proteins - do not seem to cause harm to patients with chronic kidney disease. Actually supplementation with essential amino acids has shown benefits for such patients. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Kind regards!