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Meat-rich diet harmful for kidney patients, warn experts

Those already having complications in kidney should avoid eating meat-rich diet that could triple the risk of kidney failure, say researchers, including an Indian-origin.

The chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who consumed meat-riche diet which is high in acid were three-times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid or vegetarian food rich in fruits and vegetables, the study showed.

Essentially, the study has reiterated the long-held view that red meat is dangerous to human body and those with pre-detected kidney issue should avoid it alogether. The researchers further suggest that patients may want to limit their intake of meats and increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables to help protect their kidneys.

Vendors with wild cucumbers to sell (IANS)

Vendors with wild cucumbers to sell (IANS)

“The high costs and suboptimal quality of life that dialysis treatments bring may be avoided by adopting a more healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables,” said Tanushree Banerjee from University of California, San Francisco.

The study is an outcome of an analysis of records of 1,486 adults with CKD who were participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III), as part of the national sample of community dwelling adults. These patients were followed for a median of 14.2 years by the survey.

The team found that higher levels of dietary acid load were strong indications of progression to kidney failure among many of these patients.

“Patients with chronic kidney disease may want to pay more attention to diet consumption of acid rich foods to reduce progression to kidney failure, in addition to employing recommended guidelines such as taking kidney-sparing medication and avoiding kidney toxins,” Banerjeere, an alumnus of Delhi University in Bio-stats.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

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