Is the keto diet bad for your kidneys?
Dietary ketosis is among the most maligned and misunderstood concepts in nutrition medicine. Particularly among researchers who don’t actually treat patients, ketosis (the presence of ketone bodies in the urine) is often confused with ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening build-up of ketone bodies due to muscle wasting and dehydration as in states of shock or uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes. In the Type 1 diabetic, the absence of insulin leads to a toxic build-up of blood glucose and an extreme break-down of fat and muscle tissue. This condition doesn’t occur in individuals who have even a small amount of insulin, whether from natural production or artificially administered. Whereas patients in ketoacidosis are closely monitored in Intensive Care Units, individuals in ketosis are amongst the healthy, active population.
I am having the same experience with kidney pain. I am meticulously tracking every single sip and bite on MFP and feel I have done a lot of research and am staying within the percentages, my body might just not be built for this. I don’t want to give up but I also want to listen to my body. I’m going to give it another 24hrs since the pain isn’t severe to see if it passes.
My doctor also expressed concern when I told her I was following a low-carb/ketogenic diet for the same reason: that it’s hard on the kidneys. After that appointment, my bloodwork came back with elevated potassium levels, which increased her concern.
Does anyone know of any scientific studies to support the idea that keto could cause kidney damage, or know where this belief comes from in the medical community? I’m genuinely curious!