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Goodness of Mediterranean diet for kidney health

Posted:  Thursday, November 06, 2014

Studies are abound, which establish a positive association between consumption of Mediterranean diet with various health conditions like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer. American researchers unearthed yet another benefit of consuming Mediterranean diet and significant reduction in the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The Mediterranean type of diet typically includes higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and heart-healthy fats, while minimising the intake of red meats, processed foods and sweets. This observational, community-based, prospective study evaluated the relationship between different degrees of the Mediterranean diet intake and long-term kidney function. The study results were published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

As a part of the study, 900 participants were followed for nearly 7 years. The researchers assigned a Mediterranean diet score based on the adherence and noticed that even a single higher point in the score was associated with 17% lower risk of developing CKD. Additionally, the researchers found consuming a diet similar to the Mediterranean type of diet (with a score of ≥5) was associated with a 50% reduction in the risk of developing CKD) and a 42% reduction in the risk of experiencing rapid kidney function decline.

Chronic kidney disease is assuming epidemic status due to rising prevalence and incidence. Once contracted, kidney disease can be managed by managing conditions that aggravate it like hypertension and diabetes.

The researchers of the study noted that the Mediterranean diet complements a healthy lifestyle, which incorporates regular physical activity. Commenting about the results of the study, the lead researcher Julie Lin said, “There is increasing evidence that poor diet is associated with kidney disease. We need to begin by embracing the reality that there is no magic pill or miracle food, only vigilance and discipline with diet and regular exercise.”

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