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Diets Rich in Meats Can Raise Risks of Kidney Disease


For people suffering from kidney disease or failure, the regimen of appointments, medications, and possibly dialysis is exhausting.

Kidneys are responsible for removing waste from our blood, and are extremely important to protecting our bodies. Without them, our renal system would not function, leaving dangerous elements in our body. People with kidney deficiencies could experience renal failure, which can be deadly. Those suffering from kidney disease, whether mild or severe, need to be on point when it comes to preventing further deterioration.

One thing that sufferers of chronic kidney disease can do to protect themselves is to eat right and get plenty of vitamins and minerals. This includes avoiding acid-rich foods, since these have been shown to contribute to kidney deterioration. A new study suggests that diets heavy in meat are dangerous for those dealing with kidney problems, since meat is also highly acidic. The goal was to further past findings that this diet can potentially lead to metabolic acidosis in these patients.

The study, conducted by a team from the University of California – San Francisco, analyzed the nutrition of about 1,500 kidney disease patients over a 14-year timeline. Researchers watched each patient’s intake of high-acid foods like meat versus their consumption of low-acid foods such as vegetables and most fruits. The team found that participants who consumed high-acid diets faced triple the risk of kidney failure when compared to participants who did not.

Tanushree Banerjee, lead author of the study, said the results only enforce past studies that state diet can have a big impact on kidney function. She added that patients with chronic kidney disease should pay more attention to their diets in order to reduce their risk for kidney failure. In addition, taking proper medications and avoiding kidney toxins is also vital, Banerjee added. She even suggested that focusing on prevention could help to prevent patients from having to undergo dialysis, which can severely affect quality of life.

Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, of North Shore University Hospital, applauded the study. He stated that seeing as how at least 26 million Americans suffer from some sort of chronic kidney disease, it is vital that we learn as much as we can to prevent the damaging effects it can have. He adds that the new study gives a nutrition intervention, which can help people across the country and perhaps the globe.

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