New research shows people with type 2 diabetes may lower their risk for developing chronic kidney disease by eating a healthy diet.
Kidney expert, Dr. Sankar Navaneethan of the Cleveland Clinic said, “If you eat healthier definitely the risk for developing and progression of kidney disease is much lower compared to an unhealthy diet.”
Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada analyzed self-reported data from a previous study which included more than 6,000 type 2 diabetes patients from 40 different countries.
Results show people who had the healthiest diets, those rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fried and high fat foods, had a lower risk of developing or advancing chronic kidney disease and lower risk of death.
In addition, those who ate more than three servings of fruits and fruit juices each week, had a lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease. They also found a diet higher in vegetables led to lower risk of death.
“This is the first study to show that these are helpful for patients with kidney disease and for patients with type 2 diabetes who don’t have kidney disease that your risk for developing kidney disease is lower.” Said Dr. Navaneethan.