Processed meat and carbonated beverages said to up kidney failure risk

Researchers have identified more factors that could up the risk of kidney failure substantially – diet consisting of pro-inflammatory foods such as processed meat, carbonated beverages and vegetables other than the green leafy and dark yellow variety.

According to scientists, diets that contribute to inflammation are linked to a higher risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. Foods that have been positively related to concentrations of inflammatory markers include tomatoes, carbonated beverages, vegetables other than green leafy and dark yellow vegetables, processed meat, red meat, organ meat and fish other than dark-meat fish.

For the study researchers studied a national sample of 1,084 adults with CKD. The team found that 11.1 per cent of the participants developed kidney failure over 14 years of follow-up. Scientists have urged that nutritional interventions that focus on reducing the inflammatory aspects of diet should be tested for halting the progression of CKD.

Earlier, a study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, highlighted that polluted air can also increase the risk of CKD which occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged, or cannot filter blood properly. The study showed that people with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CKD.

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