Mediterranean diet significantly reduces chronic disease

kidney1A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) confirmed that a Mediterranean style diet reduces the of chronic disease.

The consists of higher of fruits, , , legumes, and heart-healthy fats, while minimizing red meats, processed foods, and .

“Many studies have found a favorable association between the and a variety of health outcomes, including those related to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others,” said Dr. Minesh Khatri. “There is increasing evidence that poor diet is associated with , but it is unknown whether the benefits of a could extend to kidney health as well.”

The included 900 individuals on a followed for 7 years. The study findings reflect that every one-point higher in a score, indicating better adherence to the diet, was associated with a 17% lower likelihood of developing chronic . Dietary patterns that closely resembled the were linked with a 50% lower of developing chronic and a 42% lower of experiencing rapid kidney function decline.


M. Khatri, Y. P. Moon, N. Scarmeas, Y. Gu, H. Gardener, K. Cheung, C. B. Wright, R. L. Sacco, T. L. Nickolas, M. S. V. Elkind. The Association between a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Kidney Function in the Northern Manhattan Study Cohort. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2014; 9 (11): 1868 DOI: 10.2215/CJN.01080114

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