It’s important to have a healthy lifestyle when you have kidney disease. Switching your diet to one that is high in fruits and vegetables will help save you from possible kidney failure.
Diets that are rich in meat or highly acidic foods could boost your risk of kidney failure. Having kidney disease can make it hard to eliminate acid from your body which can cause more damage than good.
Studies suggest that a diet that is high in acids and meat and low in vegetables and fruit could very well aggravate your kidney condition.
It’s supported by “randomized studies in which alkali supplementation slowed the loss of kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease,” explained Dr. Jaime Uribarri, a professor of nephrology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.
The study was conducted with 1,500 kidney disease patients over a 14 year period. They were all enrolled in a U.S government health study.
During the study researchers made sure to keep track of the patients intake of meat as well as how many fruits and vegetables they consumed.
The result of the study wasn’t surprising. The individuals that consumed the high in meat diets came close to facing the risk of kidney failure while the individuals that stuck mostly to vegetables and fruits were never at risk for kidney failure.
The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported these results that diet can have significant impact on whether or not someone is a risk of having kidney failure. In fact you could be three times as likely to have kidney failure with a poor diet.
“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,” Banerjee said in an American Society of Nephrology news release.
In fact you may not even have to deal with the high costs of treatment or the pain of dialysis if you just changed your diet. That’s how much impact a diet can have on your health. If your diet is high in acid you will risk a faster progression of kidney disease.
Due to the effects of the large amount of participants, it was made evident that a diet that was rich in fruits and vegetables could be a great benefit to individuals who have kidney disease.
Another expert seconded that notion.
“Chronic kidney disease represents an underestimated public health hazard, affecting at least 26 million Americans,” said Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, surgical director at North Shore University Hospital Transplant Center in Manhasset, N.Y. The new study “provides us with a nutritional intervention that can be instituted in all people at all levels of society,” he added.