Meat rich diets are considered high acid diets. A new study has associated high acid diets with an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.
It is estimated that approximately 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease with considerable associated health costs. Previous studies have shown that a healthy diet can reduce the progression to kidney failure. Low acid diets consist of high amounts of fruits and vegetables, while high acid diets contain more meats.
The study examined the data on 1486 patients diagnosed with chronic disease who participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III), a large national sample of community dwelling adults. The patients were followed for an average of 14.2 years.
The research team determined that patients who revealed higher levels of dietary acid load had a much higher risk of progression to kidney failure. Patients who consumed high acid diets were 3-times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid diets.
“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,” said Dr. Banerjee. “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.”
Tanushree Banerjee, Deidra C. Crews, Donald E. Wesson, Anca M. Tilea, Rajiv Saran, Nilka Ríos-Burrows, Desmond E. Williams, Neil R. Powe, and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance Team. High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD among Adults with CKD.JASN ASN.2014040332; published ahead of print February 12, 2015,