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The Paleo diet? Has anyone tried this? What sort of results did you get?

I live in the UK and started seeing a Nephrologist in September, when I asked about diet he just said don't let yourself get thirsty. My egfr is in the low 20's and I want to try and improve things...this diet looks good or is it just another con? Your thoughts are very much appreciated, Thanks.

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Hi, I wouldn't call this a con but if you are a patient with CKD and wanted to get to ESRD quickly then this is the plan to follow.

Here is a very short list of the foods on the Paleo Diet/Britain that are an absolute no for someone looking for a kidney-friendly diet.

Red meats, organ meats, eggs, coconuts, animal fats, and fermented foods. You didn't mention any other health issues you have but just going forward with CKD this would be, in my opinion, the wrong path to follow. If you have high blood pressure or any other heart issue add a lot of bumps and ruts to that road.

I heard that this was called the Caveman Diet. Remember they didn't live a long life. Best of luck in whatever you decide.

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Agree completely with Mr Kidney, the way most people follow the Paleo diet, we would all be at end stage very quickly as most people use it as an excuse to eat excessive amounts of meat. However, there are some things that would be good for a kidney patient. They focus on cutting out processed foods, most oils except olive, macademia, coconut, flax and avocado. They cut out dairy and soda and sugar. These are all good things to follow. Eating mainly fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods. When eating small portions of meat only eating grass fed (high in omega 3 and lower in Omega 6 as Omega 6 can add inflamation). So, if you adjust the diet, then it might work for you. I would discuss any diet change with a renal dietician to meet your specific needs. As we all know, there is no cookie cutter solution for any of us unfortunately. Good luck!

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Thank goodness for this site and for the contentious and informed responses from Mr Kidney and Zazzel....I had just read a report on this diet on their site 'https://www.experiencepaleo.com/best-way-to-start-a-paleo-diet/'. This report claims the diet allowed them to come off dialysis.....what a deception and the Internet is full of it. How can anyone make these claims, when they are clearly untrue...they are playing Russian roulette with people's lives. Once again a very big thank you.

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Sorry, just noticed predictive text had changed conscientious to contentious in my last post.

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Good--I was wondering about contentious.

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Lol! I figured it was a typo. Did you know you can edit after you write something? I've made many a typo that I've had to correct. Just click on the "more" and edit.

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Paleo diet is a non-starter for you. Too much protein which will strain and negatively impact whatever kidney function you have left. Fruits and veggies, no dairy, no red meat, NO SUGAR. Fresh food as much as possible. If it comes in a box or a can it usually has sodium and phosphorous which are really bad. No soda or sports drinks. Processed meats and cheeses are a huge NO as well. It is not easy but you can do it. A renal dietician is your best way to go.

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Thanks for your reply Mysticlad. Seems everything I enjoy eating is off the menu. I'm very interested to see where my egfr has gone in the last four months...will report back next Wednesday.. thanks again.

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