Kidney Problems? Stop Eating Red Meat, says Researchers

Kidney Problems? Stop Eating Red Meat, says Researchers

Struggling with Kidney disorders or kidney problems? Then opting for plant-based food options and limiting red meat may lower the risks by 62 per cent.

According to the new study published in the journal of the American Society of Nephrology, eating red meat may increase the risks of kidney failure and instead the researchers asks them to opt for proteins such as fish and eggs that helps lower the risks

The study found that there is significant increase in chronic kidney disease (CKD) sufferers percentage, and in several cases it has progressed in to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), where a dialysis or a kidney transplant is required.

While the present guidelines suggest limiting the dietary protein intake to aid controlling CKD and slow progression to ESRD, there are however very few evidences that limiting dietary protein restriction or limiting specific foods of proteins will slow down the kidney functioning in general population.

To find the relationship between dietary intake of major sources of protein and kidney function, the Duke-NUS Medical School and National University of Singapore researchers have examine the data of around 63,257 Chinese adults in Singapore from the Singapore Chinese Health Study.

This sample population included 97 per cent of red meat- pork consumers, while other protein food sources included poultry, fish/shellfish, eggs, dairy products, soy, and legumes.The study was conducted for around 15.5 years, and researchers concluded that red meat consumption was linked to increased risk of ESRD in a dose-dependent manner.

Individuals who are consuming higher amounts of red meat had a 40 per cent increased risk of developing ESRD, compared to the other group of individuals who consumed lowest amounts. They have also found no association with the intake of poultry, fish, eggs, or dairy products, and on the other hand, soy and legumes seem to be slightly protective. On a concluding note, switching your red meat with rich proteins can lower the risk of ESRD by up to 62 per cent.

Woon-Puay Koh from Duke-NUS Medical School said, “Our findings suggest that CKD individuals can still maintain protein intake but consider switching to plant-based sources; however, if they still choose to eat meat, fish/shellfish and poultry are better alternatives to red meat.”

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