Diet Can Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease and Albuminuria

Folks with diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, often heralded by albumin (a protein) in the urine.

The heathy diet describe in this Renal and Urology News article sounds like the Mediterranean diet to me, not a typical paleo diet. It will be years, if ever, before the paleo diet is tested as a preventative for chronic kidney disease. But anyway…

Adhering to a healthy diet may reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and albuminuria, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

Such a diet is rich in vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fish, and low-fat dairy products and low in red and processed meats, sodium, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Jaimon T. Kelly, PhD, of Bond University in Australia, and collaborators, analyzed 18 studies that included a total of 630,108 healthy adults followed for a mean 10.4 years. Their meta-analysis of low to moderate grade studies found that a healthy dietary pattern was associated with a 30% lower incidence of CKD and a 23% lower incidence of albuminuria, according to results published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The dietary patterns that were most frequently studied included the Mediterranean diet, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, and US dietary guidelines.

Source: Healthy Diet May Prevent CKD, Albuminuria – Renal and Urology News

Steve Parker, M.D.

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