Meat-rich diet bad for kidney patients

By: Akhter Jamali

Eating meat-rich diets could triple the risk of developing kidney failure among patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.


Among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), patients who consumed high acid diets (meat-rich) were three times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid diets which are rich in fruits and vegetables.


The study suggests that patients may want to limit their intake of meats and increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables to help protect their kidneys, said the study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).


The high costs and suboptimal quality of life that dialysis treatments bring may be avoided by adopting a more healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, said Tanushree Banerjee from University of California San Francisco.


Patients with chronic kidney disease may want to pay more attention to diet consumption of acid rich foods to reduce progression to kidney failure in addition to employing recommended guidelines such as taking kidney sparing medication and avoiding kidney toxins.