Protein intake Proteins are the building blocks of our body and are required for the routine maintenance and repairing of cells and/or tissues. Due to this specific function of proteins, a high protein diet is usually recommended to the kidney transplant patients. In the first month after transplant proteins in the range of 1.2 – 1.5 gm/kg body weight is advised. That much protein allowance also helps in reducing the chances of any side effects of high dosage steroid therapy. In the cases of acute infection such as fever or any other traumatic stress additional amounts of protein should be given to the person. After the initial stage the protein allowance can be decreased accordingly.
Some good sources of protein are meats (beef, pork, poultry, turkey, seafood), fish, dairy products, eggs (up to 3 per week), nuts, beans, pulses, soyabean and soyabean products. The vegetarian sources of protein are equally good and when taken along with the balanced meals can fulfill the protein requirements completely.