Mediterranean diet good for kidney health: study

People who follow the diet have a 50 per cent lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

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Following Mediterranean diet can significantly reduce the risk of chronic kidney diseases. The diet includes higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and fats such as olive oil which are healthy for the heart. It is also low on red meats, processed foods, and sweets.

A study published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on October 30 says that those who follow the diet have a 50 per cent lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease and a 42 per cent lower risk of rapid kidney function decline.

Data for the study was collected between 1993 and 2008. For gauging kidney health, serum creatinine levels of 900 people were measured at a mean interval of 6.9 years. Fifty-nine per cent of the members of the test group were women and 65 per cent were Hispanics. The mean baseline age of the group was 64 years.

The eating habits of the people were scored on a scale based on the resemblance of the diet with the Mediterranean diet. Results showed that for every point increase in the Mediterranean diet score, there was a 17 per cent decrease in their likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease.
 

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