My Personal Story With Kidney Damage And A High Protein Diet – part 2


This is part two in my video series about
high protein diets. In part one, I revealed clinical results for
Short-term, high protein diets and how they affect your kidneys
What type of person should NOT eat a high protein diet
The negative effects of protein on kidney stones
High Protein & Kidney Failure Years ago, I had a business partner. He was a bodybuilder. He was about 20 years older than me. He had more experience than me and I respected
and trusted him at the time. And he would always tell me that I need to
eat more protein if I want to gain more muscle. Especially, “lean muscle” …
He said I need a minimum of 2 grams per pound and 3 grams would be even better. I weighed about 200 lbs and thus, he wanted
me to eat at least 400 grams to 600 grams of protein daily. That’s a lot of protein. I was eating around 200 grams at the time. 1 gram, per pound of bodyweight. However, I decided to go on this journey. I first doubled my protein and went to 400
grams daily. This was really hard, but I managed to do
it for a month. I decided to eat 50 grams, with 8 meals daily. At least half of them were protein shakes
made with whey protein. After 30 days, I noticed weight gain – which
was probably just from the extra calories. However, I was very bloated and tired. But, I made a commitment and starting the
second month, I went to 600 grams of protein. To make a long story short, I stopped two
weeks later. So, I was on it for a total of 6 weeks. Basically, I felt like crap. I was slow and tired. My blood pressure was also higher. And keep in mind that the two major causes
of kidney damage are high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. And having that much protein, especially whey
protein – also increases your blood sugar levels too. Don’t forget, excess protein converts to
sugar and fat. Yet, my business partner did this daily. 100 grams of protein, 7-8x daily. Half from whey protein and the other half
from animal sources (chicken, beef, fish, egg whites). He was big and lean. And yes, he took steroids. Fast forward about 10 years later, he ended
up dying of kidney disease and kidney failure. He was on dialysis for a few years and finally
died. Was it because of the very high protein diet? I don’t know…. I was no longer in contact with him for many
years. Who knows what else he was doing. But I can guarantee that having that much
protein, year after year, for sure added stress to the kidneys. One of my original mentors who was a doctor
and a bodybuilder, was also very much into high protein. He would tell me to eat a tub of cottage cheese
every night – which was about 100 grams of protein. Of course, I couldn’t do that because I’m
lactose intolerant. But he did. And years later he also died of kidney failure. And I’ve had a few other bodybuilding clients
who have been on very high protein diets, who also have kidney problems. And no, it’s not from the steroids and they
weren’t taking pain meds either. The reality is that you should have enough
protein to do its job – which is to repair and build. Anything extra will just put stress on your
organs and turn into body fat. In fact, too much protein will also increase
oxidation and thus, does the opposite and decreases protein synthesis. How Much Protein? So, how much protein should you be eating
daily?… Assuming your working out with weights? I honestly think about 1 gram per pound of
body weight is all you need. So if you weigh 200 lbs, eat 200 grams. And if it’s coming from good quality protein
– such as whole eggs, bison, salmon and of course, whey protein isolate being one of
the highest biological values. Then you probably need even less. If you’re taking lots of steroids and similar
drugs, you can eat a little bit more. And the average person who doesn’t exercise
much, they just need about half of that – 0.5 grams per pound of weight. What Are The Best Protein Sources? I’ve done a video about this in the past. The best proteins would pasteurized whole
eggs, wild caught salmon, grass fed bison and grass fed beef. I think chicken is a crappy source of protein. I’ve done an entire video about this and
there’s a link below it in the description area to that video. I’m not a fan of dairy because milk is for
babies and cow milk is for baby cows. However, small amounts of whey isolate from
grass fed cows is okay – It has the least amount of fat, sugar and lactose. Forget the cheap, gas producing, Whey Concentrate. It’s used in many products to save money. So, read the labels and avoid whey concentrate. And the best vegan source of protein would
be non-gmo white rice protein. Summary
Personally, over the past few years I’ve lowered the amount of protein I eat, Especially
from animal sources. I have probably half my protein from vegetable
sources now and the animal protein is only from the highest quality. And I haven’t noticed any negative changes
in my body. And I have more energy. In summary,
High protein diets will put extra stress on your kidneys, definitely if you already have
kidney problems. They do increase your risk of kidney stones. Excess protein will simply turn into sugar
and body fat. You only need a maximum of 1 gram of quality
protein, per pound of bodyweight. For maximum protein synthesis, eat no more
than 40 grams per meal. So, if you’re eating 200 grams, that would
be spread over 5 meals. Less protein, more often is better. The better quality of protein, the less protein
you need. Higher and higher protein diets will eventually
cause a decrease in protein synthesis and increase oxidation – you do NOT want this. Very high protein diets also accelerate aging
and can cause earlier mortality and death. Now, below if
I have other important links about protein

39 thoughts on “My Personal Story With Kidney Damage And A High Protein Diet – part 2”

  1. First😀! Great video BTW. I will be much more carefull now that I know too much protein can cause kidney problems. I heard some studies say 0.75 g/pound is enough for natural bodybuilders so i'll stay around that range just in case.

  2. " Thanks, Dr. Robbins, for sharing this information with me today. It's timely for my health issues. Have a wonderful day today. "

  3. Whey protein is very dangerous even if you take 2-3 scoops daily for extended periods. My creatinine level ( indicator of kidney function) went from .98 to 1.3 within a year. Blood pressure also increased as kidneys manage blood pressure.. so now I don't take any whey and very limited protein in general ..which has brought down my BP and creatinine…still it has not returned to my normal levels even after few months…which means proteins cause some damage…there should be a warning on whey powders IMO..

  4. So are you telling me every human being on the face of the Earth could grow with 1 gram of protein? Sokai green who eat over 800 grams of protein is a beast. It's wrong. Dave Palumbo Myself, I have blood work every 3 months. There's nothing wrong with my kidneys. I do over 500 grams of protein in the morning. Just a bigger and harder I get So what you're trying to say is Genetically speaking your kidneys were inferior to break down the protein. This may possibly be with a minimum of two two to 3% I'm Society Maybe because if you look back in the 50 60 70 was high fat high protein. There was no kidney failure to the best of my knowledge or ability to know from that era. Maybe you should do a story about people back then when they were really pumping up the protein. Because Vince gironda his diet is high fat high protein and he says eat as much as possible. He never had kidney problems.

  5. Did I have an 🍎 apple today probably not the doctor still came 😁😎. I hope your all we'll today healthy living 👍

  6. Hello doc, my weight is around 75 Kilos and take a single scoop of 30g/day of whey as a supplement. Should it cause any problem ?

  7. Thanks a lot sir for this precious information.Please make a video on prostate problem in young people..wishing a lot of love from IOK

  8. Never understood the fad with high protein. Why aren't people for their own sake satisfied with the basics of life eat whole foods exercise drink water meditate? Isn't whole food enough or looking better than someone else more important? Never the less this needs message needs to touch more people.

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