My girlfriend is currently in graduate school to become a registered dietician. She’s concerned that my protein intake could lead to kidney problems in the future. She just told me that a “bodybuilder” came in for treatment for kidney failure that was a result of excessive amounts of protein consumption (appx. 200g per day) over the course of his life.
I am almost 23 years old and 165 pounds. I currently take in between 200-250g of protein per day…so I subscribe to the 1 to 1.5g of protein per lb. of bodyweight per day “rule.”
She’s my girlfriend and I trust her, but I’m still skeptical because I haven’t heard anything about this anywhere else. The general consensus on T-Nation seems to be, ‘the more protein, the better.’
So I ask you, T-Nation, is there any correlation between protein intake and kidney failure?
Please do not bash my girlfriend. I know most of you have issues with dieticians and nutritionists. She did not say protein intake causes kidney failure, but she’s heard some things and she’s seen some things during her time in graduate school and she is just trying to look out for me. Thanks guys.