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Proteins (made up of amino acids) are substances that are found in the human body and in the types of food we eat. Proteins are the building blocks of the body that help to build, repair, maintain and regulate muscle development. In addition, proteins in the body perform many different functions to help with everyday activities. Some functions include fighting infections, creating hormones, transporting molecules around the body and acting as a major source of energy.

When protein is consumed in the diet, urea is the by-product that the kidneys filter and release as waste. In chronic kidney disease, the kidneys are unable to remove this waste. As a result, high levels of urea accumulate in the blood that is toxic to the body. The buildup of urea can lead to weight loss and other complications in our blood and blood vessels. Eating adequate amounts of dietary protein reduces the accumulation of waste products in the blood and slows the progression of chronic kidney disease.

High Sources of Protein:
Here is a helpful document from the National Kidney Disease Education Program and Toronto East General Hospital on including protein in your diet! Talk to your registered dietitian for additional tips specific to your dietary needs.