What's the secret of an effective kidney disease diet to lower the risk of kidney failure?
Researchers think they may have found it.
The answer? - a healthy heart diet.
While a healthy heart diet is well established as an effective means to lower the risk of heart disease, nobody gave much thought to it being the basis of an effective kidney disease diet that could lower substantially the risk of kidney failure in at risk patients.
Scientists at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in a study published May 2013 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology looked at data on 3,093 patients with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease collected in a separate study on stroke risk. They found a startling correlation between lowered kidney failure risk and adherence to the American Heart Association's dietary and lifestyle recommendations called "Life's Simple 7".
Life's Simple 7 healthy heart diet and lifestyle recommendations include
So what's a healthy heart diet?
According to the American Heart Association, it includes all the factors listed in a Healthy Balanced Diet. In addition, it requires limiting dietary cholesterol to no more than 300 mg per day; limiting salt intake to no more than 1,500 mg per day; and selecting fat free, 1% or low fat dairy.
Over 4 years, 160 of the study patients developed kidney failure. 610 died.
The researchers found that the more Life's Simple 7 recommendations followed, the lower the risk of kidney failure among kidney disease patients. Among those who followed all of the healthy heart diet and lifestyle recommendations, none died from kidney failure.
The study suggests that the secrets to effective kidney disease nutrition lie in a healthy heart diet...
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