Fruits and vegetables may help protect the kidneys



  Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet is an effective alternative to medication to reduce metabolic acidosis and kidney injury in late-stage chronic kidney disease.
  Metabolic acidosis is a common complication of kidney disease.

Fruits, Vegetables Slow Kidney Disease Decline in Hypertensive Patients
The addition of fruits and vegetables to a diet can help offset acid imbalances and reduce the worsening of kidney disease among patients with hypertension, according to research presented here at Renal Week 2010: American Society of Nephrology 43rd Annual Meeting.

The study of 40 patients with hypertension-related kidney disease showed that the addition of fruits and vegetables over the course of 30 days resulted in significant improvements in the urine parameters of kidney injury.

According to lead author Nimirit Goraya, MD, from the Texas A&M College of Medicine, in Temple, acid retention is a known problem for patients with kidney disease, and the study was designed to address the issue with a dietary approach.


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