October 14, 2010

Gluten Damages the Kidneys


Does Gluten Cause Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease is an overlooked aspect of many patients with gluten intolerance.  In this recent study, protein leakage dissipated on a gluten free diet saving this patient from a laundry list of medications and side effects.  The authors of the study point out that gluten induced kidney damage can precede the onset of classic symptoms associated with celiac disease.

Proteinuria resolved completely following the initiation of a gluten-free diet, without the use of immunosuppressive therapy and despite tapering of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. This case illustrates that CS-associated MPGN may precede overt clinical evidence of coeliac disease and may respond to gluten-free diet, without resort to immunosuppressive therapy.


Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2009 Nov;24(11):3545-8.

Gluten Can Cause Kidney Failure

I have personally seen a number of patients recover from different stages of kidney failure using a TRUE gluten free diet as part of their treatment plan.  Most recently, a gentlemen in stage III kidney failure.  In this case kidney function was restored in less than two months after going on a gluten free diet.

Nutritional Advice From Doctors and Hospitals

Very commonly, kidney failure is associated with heart disease and diabestes.  The standard heart healthy diet recommendations are geared to high levels of whole grain intake.  Subsequently, many of these patients are instructed to eat a diet high in whole grains and low in proteins.  This combination is deadly for those with gluten induced kidney damage.  If you are not sure whether gluten is playing a role in your disease, get genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.

If you have kidney disease, including renal stones, make sure your doctor checks your 25 OH D levels (vitamin D).  Additionally, make sure that he measures for other nutritional deficiencies as well.   Malabsorption is a common cause of secondary diseases for those with intolerance or sensitivity to gluten.

All the best,

Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior


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5 Responses to “Gluten Damages the Kidneys”

  • Kristine says:

    This is very interesting. My son was born with chronic renal insufficiency and now at 13 years old he has stage III kidney disease. I wonder if this may help him with his disease process. I did have my daughter tested and she does have HLA-DQ 2,3 (Subtype 2,9) which I believe makes her gluten sensitive, although her stool study did not show above range. I have Hashimotos also and think this could predispose me to gluten issues and perhaps my son as well.

  • I have autoimmune interstitial nephritis and was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. My Mother is Coeliac and I was advised to go GF by a friend who was aware of the effect gluten could have on the body in someone who may be gentically pre-disposed to be….such as leaky gut syndrome etc. I had no symptoms of Coeliac disease but in view of my circumstances, I had no alternative but to try it – after all, the possibility of not having to have a transplant was very compelling. 2 years on and I have been discharged from hospital and my Creatinine levels just get better and better. Although my Consultant wasn’t interested in my GF theory for my improvement, my Doctor was very interested.

  • Coskun Toktamis says:

    I have been suffering from bloating as soon as the food reaches my stomach. I keep getting feeling of nausea in middle of my sleep and when this wakes me up ,I find that mu abdomen nearly out protruding in front of me…I get up for toilet..the abdomen is far out in front of me…I can`t see my willy!!!:=))
    I am fed up with this condition of mine.I am 74,retired and have had this nearly 30 years now. My stomach is never smooth…!!I am afraid of eating anything! Started on gluten free diet but, it is still the same…!! My weight is steady,13 stone. I go to gym when I feel I am OK for the day!!Otherwise…it is a hell of a misery !! ANY SUGGESTIONS. MY doctor is not very helpful!

  • Coskun,
    Watch this video:
    If you haven’t already, change your diet accordingly.
    You might also try Biotic Defense and Gluten Shield for 3 months. The combination can help to improve digestion and reset the GI tract after years of gluten induced damage:

    All the best,
    Dr. O

  • Hi I am now a dialysis patient, I’ve had celiac problems for a while and done some cheating.
    I’ve read on the internet that gluten will clog your kidney filtration system, is this true?

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