Vegetable rich diet improves kidney disease

Vegetable rich diet improves kidney disease

Blood pressure drops the more fruit- and vegetable-rich your diet is.

The researchers looked at the alkaline effects of a plant-based wholefood diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, on 108 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The most alkaline foods in their diets were fruits and vegetables and the most acidic in the patients normal diet was cheese.

The study results:

  • Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) had significantly higher drops in systolic blood pressure when eating more fruits and vegetables than in groups taking alkaline drugs
  • Systolic blood pressure ended up lowest in the fruits and vegetables group with a significant difference from both drug therapy and no therapy
  • After 3 years, eating fruits and vegetables improved markers of acidosis and preserved kidney function compared with the group on a normal diet
  • The findings “support alkali therapy for CKD patients with metabolic acidosis”

Study by Nimrit Goraya, MD, of Texas A&M University, and colleagues; “Fruits and vegetables or oral NaHCO3 preserve GFR and reduce urine angiotensinogen, a marker of kidney angiotensin II activity, in stage III CKD” ASN 2012., as presented at Kidney Week 2012.  As reported by MedPage Today on November 04, 2012.

Posted: Tuesday 12 February 2013