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Questions about Protein and Supplements for weight training after transplant


Hi, I'm new on this site and had a general question for those who are athletic and have had a kidney transplant. I have had a very successful kidney and pancreas cadaver transplant for about 9 years now. I am becoming more active and spending more time in the gym. I've been reading the common literature about sports nutrition, weight training and supplementation from reputable sources. I have two major concerns at this point. Does anyone know what is considered a safe maximum daily protein intake that allows for muscle growth but won't damage the kidney? Note: I'm a 47 year old man. Also, does anyone know if all protein supplements are hard on the kidney? I was warned by a doctor to stay away from whey protein and I have. However, I have been consuming protein shakes made from egg white protein which I feel is much healthier. Is this still too dangerous? I know that bigger biceps are meaningless if I'm sitting in a dialysis clinic.

Second, is creatine monohydride a completely banned substance for transplant patients? I know it isn't recommended for those with kidney disease. I have been consuming the minimum dosage of 5 grams per day. Should I just drop all of this? Any input would be highly appreciated. THANK YOU! ....

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Glad to hear you are doing so well after your transplant! I would highly recommend that you speak with a dietitian about your specific concerns. The recommended amount of protein for someone with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is between 0.8 and 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of lean body weight per day. Our Ask the Dr. Blog received a similar question and it was recommended to avoid creatinine supplements:

Thank you for your help! Have a nice day! :)

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