A Healthy Diet May Protect Against Chronic Kidney Disease
Researchers reviewed 18 previously published studies, which included a total of 630,108 adults whose health was tracked for an average of about 10 years. None had kidney disease, but many had diabetes. They found that participants who followed the U.S. dietary guidelines or an eating plan such as the Mediterranean diet—both of which emphasize nutritious whole foods and limit the amount of red meat, processed meat, sugar, and salt—were 30 percent less likely to develop mild to moderate kidney disease. They also had a one-third lower risk of protein in the urine, an early sign of kidney damage. The study does not prove eating right protects your kidneys, but it does offer more reason to fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, and low-fat dairy.
Source: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, October 2019