Keto Diet And Chronic Kidney Disease: Improve kidney function & avoid kidney failure

Keto Diet And Chronic Kidney Disease: Improve kidney function & avoid kidney failure

Episode 28: Keto Diet And Chronic Kidney Disease: Improve kidney function & avoid kidney failure. The question I am asked most often is what do I think about the Keto Diet and chronic kidney disease – can it help improve kidney function in those with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Is the Keto diet (also known as the ketogenic diet) good for Kidney Disease (CKD) patients and can keto improve kidney health (improve GFR, reduce creatinine)? Does Keto harm kidneys (No)? Does Keto cause kidney disease (it does not)? I share my thoughts on the Keto diet and chronic kidney disease (CKD) using my limited experience with it. There is some who say a Keto diet can lower creatinine which means an improved GFR for those with kidney disease (CKD), but I will not know the results of the Keto diet until late June 2019. Should you consider a Keto diet with Kidney Disease – only your doctor can recommend this diet over your current renal diet. The transition from a renal diet to a keto diet was very easy. While on the Keto diet I am losing weight fast, staying full, and feeling extremely better. Fast weight loss has been the easiest way for me to lose weight ever. I am currently dropping about 10lbs a week on the modified Keto Diet. This Keto diet is modified for Kidney Disease to be low phosphorous, low potassium, and uses Himalayan pink sea salt. You can learn more about Keto Diet from Dr. Berry here on YouTube – I have followed him since being diagnosed with Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2018. Talk to your doctor to see if a Keto Diet would help improve your kidney function, increase your GFR, and lower your creatinine levels quickly.

To learn more about the strategy I used in fighting and beating Chronic Kidney Disease, visit

IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

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Kidney Health – When your kidneys are healthy, they remove waste and excess toxins from your blood. Kidney health is also vital in regulating blood pressure and building strong bones.

When you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) your kidney disease directly impacts your kidney function, reducing how well your kidneys remove toxins and waste from your blood. People with kidney disease also have difficulty controlling their blood pressure since it is one of the functions of a healthy kidney.

Everyone with Chronic Kidney Disease should work with their doctor to customize their own strategy. It is critical to follow your doctor’s instructions for the plan specific to your kidney disease. Your doctor may prescribe medications, a kidney diet, and set limits for your daily Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Protein, Carbohydrates, and Calcium.

By not following your doctor’s plan and eating a healthy kidney diet, you will eventually end up with end-stage renal failure, also known as stage 5 kidney disease or Kidney Failure. At that point, your kidney disease diet will become extremely strict, and you may need to consider dialysis to stay alive. Dialysis does not duplicate all of the kidney’s functions, and it is tough on your body as it uses machines to detox your kidneys and removes waste and toxins from your blood. It should be your goal to avoid dialysis by working with your doctor to improve your kidney function.

To prevent Kidney failure, follow your kidney doctor and kidney dietitian’s recommended kidney or keto diet. Also, understand that there currently is no cure for Kidney Disease. However, it may be possible to improve your kidney function and increase your GFR through the proper kidney diet and treatment.

Some essential things to limit or avoid on ALL kidney diets are sodium (salt), phosphate, potassium, carbohydrates (sugar), and protein. It is also suitable for your kidneys and overall health to avoid artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and highly processed foods.

I encourage others to educate themselves on Kidney Disease and fight kidney disease. Join me and learn how you can prevent kidney disease, how to avoid kidney failure, and how to improve kidney function naturally.


  1. Keto knocked me out for sixes, did not come out of keto since, urea in blood, gfr 60 after keto 40,,,, no sugar nothing made with wheat no alchole life is boring and depressing,, eating once, no caffeine after 12 pm, intermitten after 6 months, no more,, enough, only one pound a month wt loss,, cause I am oldddddd

  2. Keto destroyed my kidneys. You need to know what you are doing, and be very knowledgeable regarding nutrition, b vitamins, choline, b12, iron, etc….
    Also I was having problems digesting fats, so beware make sure you know what you are doing, I started peeing foam since the ketogenic diet. I got off as soon as possible but still foamy urine.

  3. I guess we have been doing Keto a little wrong. We have seen improvement- he went from S4(almost 5) to S3b, now we are back to 4. He is blind & I'm the one doing all this work. Sometimes I get so frustrated & just lost. Our experiences with dieticians were awful. At least we are see a Dr we can talk to.

  4. carbs creating the fat why when they do biopsy on people's fat they can see where it came from and it's not carrots. So eating fat helps your kidneys now I thought you said animal protein is harder for your kidneys to cope with so an almost all animal protein diet is not going to be will be recommending alcohol next

  5. I sincerely echo other posters when I say a big whopping thank you. My situation, while not as dire was surely depressing and frightening… My nephrologist would appear at the door….sweep into the room and look at my labs and then book me another six weeks out. It's almost as if he's above answering questions…as if myself was too lowly to even ask.
    Well ok…I need him in some form, but my questions are being addressed in your forum here. I know now what to ask my GP… and I am ON IT when it comes to research. I'm gonna look at this keto… and see what I learn.
    Thank you James. I know it's hard work… I so appreciate your efforts.

  6. Just started having major kidney problems. Have had increasing prostatitis for years. Dr's told me it wasn't bad enough to treat and sent me home in pain with a 300 dollar bill. The last Dr. I went to said "I'll tell you what Dr's usually do. We wait until you get prostate cancer then we take it out. Sent me home in pain and with a 300 dollar medical bill. It cost me $900 going to three different Dr's before I swore off Dr's about 25 years ago. Been treating myself to keep from dying early and I'm no doctor. Now my kidneys are trying to go out on me. The prostatitis has affected my prostate,bladder and kidneys. Back to the internet I go before I go back to a doctor

  7. dad ? a million thanks for your "advice" and ongoing experiences w/chronic renal and what IS working for you.
    At this point for me,am simply getting serious about following a diet plan,i am not overweight and of course have always been told about the sugar in any form connection, for my chronic and brittle hypertension.–incredible "spikes",CRF recently found–level 3–so of course my beloved carbs gotta go etc–YOUR POSITIVE OUTLOOK inspires me to get going and keep going. At this time i am into day 4 of a water fast to simply allow the body to rest and reset and will make a shopping list and eat along the guidelines as I am getting off the fast-and will attempt that "OMAD".

  8. Hi James, thanks for your videos. My husband has stage 5 CKD and is already in the process of starting dialysis. Can you share what food delivery services you used? I’m curious to check them out and see if that would help us with getting his diet on track. Were they custom and you specify to them what you could and could not eat, or were they from the commercially available options?

  9. I've been on the keto diet for years now. I only eat twice a day, but I'm not starving myself. I still take in the caloric level I did when on a three-meal carb diet, but I have so much more energy and it left me full so there was no need to eat three times per day and I have no cravings for snacks. I'm simply full so I can go about my day! I lost about 38 lbs in my first 2 months on the diet and I hit my ideal weight at that point. I've now weighed in at this healthy weight for over 3 years and my weight doesn't fluctuate more than 3 lbs at any given time except for when I have my few cheat meals during the year (holidays and birthdays). But even after a big-time cheat day, after going back to my regular routine I'll be back to my normal weight in 1-2 days.

    Keto changed my life for the better and my yearly exam blood results are absolutely stellar. My doctor believes in the Mediterainin diet, but he said my results are so good so he said: "just keep doing what you're doing!" LOL.

    Oh, I should say that my cholesterol levels went through the roof (in the 300's!), but that makes sense because fat is now my body's fuel source so it's being carried throughout my body. Initially, this freaked out my doctor, but the finer details of a full blood work test show that LDL was super low and the good cholesterol (HDL) was super high. Basic blood tests don't go into the fine details and only show total cholesterol which on a keto diet may look very bad. You need the full blood test to make sure everything is A-OK.

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