DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Dietary Protein and Chronic Kidney Disease http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/diet basics/dietary-protein-and-chronic-kidney-disease/a/5302

When it comes to protein, the saying, "you are what you eat" is entirely true. Most of the body—skin, muscle, tissues, nails, hair—is made of protein. In fact, every cell in the body has protein. But what is protein? And if it’s so important for our health, why can some kidney disease patients eat it, while others have limited amounts? Learn about protein and how different stages of CKD affect the amount of protein in your diet.