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Diet Rich In Fruits And Vegetables Can Help Reduce Acid Build-Up, Control Kidney Disease

February 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A diet that is based on animal and grain products – like the classic Western diet – tends to be highly acidic and can lead to metabolic acidosis, a condition common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Now a study by U.S. scientists among 71 patients with advanced CKD found that adding either fruits and vegetables or an alkaline solution (bicarbonate) to their diets had a favorable response by reducing urinary kidney injury markers. The study suggests that these interventions in people with too much acid build-up could help maintain kidney health.
N. Goraya et al., "A Comparison of Treating Metabolic Acidosis in CKD Stage 4 Hypertensive Kidney Disease with Fruits and Vegetables or Sodium Bicarbonate", Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, February 07, 2013, © American Society of Nephrology
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