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The Truth About Sweets and Diabetes

4. High-protein diets are risky for some people with diabetes.


A high-protein diet can be a problem if you have kidney problems.

How much protein is too much? If you have kidney problems, the American Diabetes Association suggests you get just 15% to 20% of your calories from protein. And do your heart a favor: Choose protein such as beans, fish, or chicken more often than fatty cuts of meat.

If you want to lose weight, eat a balanced diet that cuts calories by 500 calories a day. You should be able to lose 10% of your body weight without putting your kidneys at risk.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on October 07, 2014
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