Research Article

Low protein diet and chronic renal failure in Buddhist monks.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 13 August 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:469
  1. V Sitprija,
  2. R Suvanpha


    Clinical observations were made in five Buddhist monks with chronic renal failure on a low protein diet. These monks consumed only one meal and meditated three to four times a day. The estimated protein intake was from 15 to 19 g a day. Renal function remained stable over three years of observation. The general condition was satisfactory without any evidence of protein energy malnutrition. The data were compared with those of another group of patients who had a comparable degree of impairment of renal function but who consumed three meals a day of low protein diet. Protein intake was estimated to be from 25 to 30 g a day. These patients developed uraemia with severe renal failure and protein deficiency within three years. The findings support the role of protein restriction in maintenance of renal function in chronic renal failure and perhaps suggest a beneficial role for meditation.