Chronic kidney disease is very common in diabetics (diabetic nephropathy). A study published in JAMA 2013;173:1682-1692 looked at the influence on diet on the progression of chronic kidney disease. Their findings showed that in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a healthy diet (rich in fruits and vegetables) and moderate alcohol consumption might decrease the incidence or progression of kidney failure.
“The minor limitations of this observational study aside, the current analysis provides guidance on dietary factors that may reduce risk of developing CKD or slow progression of early kidney disease in type 2 diabetics. Based on the results of this analysis, providers should continue to advocate a healthy diet for these patients, emphasizing the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Interestingly, neither low protein intake nor low sodium intake reduced the incidence or progression of CKD. These observations are counter to current nutritional recommendations. As suggested by the authors, it will be prudent to counsel patients to avoid extremes of protein and salt intake.
We are pleased to offer dietary services for our patients with Julie Calmes, who is a registered dietitian/nutritionist.
These services may or may not be covered by your insurance. Please call KAIZEN TOTAL WELLNESS: 941-315-6182 to make an appointment with Julie.