African Americans with kidney disease seem to be more at risk of developing rapid kidney function decline because of a specific substance, as highlighted in Jackson State University’s Jackson Heart Study.
Uric acid levels seemed to be higher than average in African American kidney disease sufferers and these higher levels can lead to an elevated risk of worsening kidney function. Uric acid buildup is caused by the breakdown of substances called purines. Purines are present in red meat, fatty fish and some other seafood like shrimp and lobster and even some vegetables such as spinach, asparagus and peas. Alcohol, although not directly containing purines, does significantly increase their production, and so should be avoided if you’re trying to keep your uric acid levels down.
Some better options include lean meats and poultry, tofu and especially magnesium-rich vegetables like corn, potatoes and avocados which can actually help decrease uric acid levels. African Americans make up 13% of the United States population, yet comprise more than 35% of kidney failure cases. These numbers are disproportionately high and need to be remedied, follow some of our tips to start making an active move towards achieving better kidney health today!