- Following a healthy diet can lower the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- Healthy dietary pattern that includes lots of vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, nuts, fish, and low-fat dairy products was associated with a 30% lower incidence of CKD and 23% lower incidence of albuminuria
Eating a healthy diet may protect you from chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to an analysis of published studies. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
Making dietary changes can help slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), but it's not clear whether a healthy diet is protective against the development of the disease. To investigate, Jaimon Kelly, Ph.D., Katrina Bach (Bond University, Australia), and their colleagues analyzed all relevant studies published through February 2019.
Details of the Study
Findings of the Study
- A healthy dietary pattern was associated with a 30% lower incidence of chronic kidney disease
- A healthy dietary pattern was also linked with a 23% lower incidence of albuminuria, an early indicator of kidney damage
"These results add to the accumulating evidence base supporting the potential benefit of adhering to a healthy dietary pattern--such as the Mediterranean, DASH diet, or National Dietary Guidelines--and the primary prevention of chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, cancer, and all-cause mortality," said Dr. Kelly. "These results may assist in developing public health prevention programs for CKD, which may assist in reducing the burden of the disease."
Dr. Kelly noted that dietary approaches to kidney health that target individual (or multiple) nutrients can be difficult, but focusing on whole foods rather than nutrients can make it easier for clinicians to educate patients and easier for patients to carry out.
"Randomized clinical trials with sufficient follow-up time to ascertain meaningful kidney outcomes are necessary to determine whether a change in dietary patterns is causally related to favorable kidney health outcomes," wrote the authors of an accompanying editorial.
"Meanwhile, there may be sufficient observational evidence for clinicians to emphasize the importance of healthy dietary patterns to individuals who are healthy or who are at risk of developing CKD."
An accompanying Patient Voice editorial notes the importance of including children in future studies.
- Healthy Dietary Patterns and Incidence of CKD - (https://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2019/09/23/CJN.00530119)