So far we have been living in a fool’s paradise that a protein diet is all things gold with its innumerable health benefits. Turns out, we were only viewing it through the lens of obesity and weight control. The latest research indicates that what is good for shedding those extra pounds is not good for the filtration plant of the body, the kidney.

Come to think about it, we have embedded proteins in every aspect of our diets, thinking them to be a pro at munching away the excess weight. We worship diet plans that are centered around proteins, we rely on proteins for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and we feed on protein during out workouts to build muscle mass.

But the odds have turned against proteins, which can be seen as a conspiracy by the oft neglected fats and carbs.

The key thing to notice here is that the long-term impacts are not as faithful as these should be. So, while protein might help us to bring the weight digits down, it ends up deceiving all those people who have chronic kidney diseases. The implications are rather painful with the loss of long-term kidney damage.

The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and talks about the impact of nutrition on the management of chronic kidney diseases. The main researcher, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, a nephrologist tells, “The high protein diet that has been used increasingly in recent years to control weight gain and obesity may have deleterious impacts on kidney health in the long term.”

As a countermeasure, the study suggests the use of low protein and low salt diet for combating kidney diseases. Therefore, it is only wise for people with chronic kidney diseases to keep a safe distance from the high protein diet means of weight loss.