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From Kissimmee, Florida, USA:

My son is taking a protein supplement in order to gain weight and build muscle, taking "Muscle and Weight Gain" from Precision. Can high protein intake affect his renal function? His last microalbuminuria test was normal, eight months ago.


It is usually unwise to use protein supplements. They may stress kidney function, which is usually unwise in anyone with diabetes. Also, be careful since some supplements available at the gym may contain steroids (illegally). This also has potentially serious side effects and unwanted consequences on gonadal function as well as kidney function and blood pressure. Lastly, there is not much medical rationale for protein supplements. They are very good for the people selling them since they cost very little to produce and create enormous profits for those selling them with no evidence that excess protein intake allows increased muscle strength or size, despite all the hype. The body is actually quite intelligent about converting its normal food/energy supplies to muscles, if the muscles are being used. Most people in Western countries get about double the amount of protein needed for life, even with added exercise.


Original posting 21 Feb 2006
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