Meat based diet increases risk of kidney failure in chronic kidney disease patients

organicMeat rich diets are considered high acid diets. A new study has associated high acid diets with an increased risk of developing chronic in patients suffering from chronic .

It is estimated that approximately 26 million people in the United States have chronic with considerable associated costs. Previous studies have shown that a healthy diet can reduce the progression to . Low acid diets consist of high amounts of , while high acid diets contain more meats.

The study examined the data on 1486 patients diagnosed with chronic disease who participating in the National and 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 team determined that patients who revealed higher levels of dietary acid load had a much higher risk of progression to . Patients who consumed high acid diets were 3-times more likely to develop than patients who consumed low acid diets.

“Patients with chronic may want to pay more attention to diet consumption of acid rich foods to reduce progression to , 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 .”


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 Chronic Surveillance Team. High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD among Adults with CKD.JASN ASN.2014040332; published ahead of print February 12, 2015,

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