Among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), 24 hour urinary oxalate excretion is linked to a high risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease progression.
In a study, patients with the highest oxalate excretion had higher risk of CKD progression in comparison with those with lower oxalate excretion.
In this study they considered many factors such as race/ethnicity, age, sex, body mass index, diabetes, blood pressure, hemoglobin levels, medications and serum albumin levels.
These findings may help in studies as to whether lowering oxalate excretion could be a way to preserve kidney function. By lowering oxalate in the diet and in your lifestyle, you can also simultaneously lower the levels of oxalate your body needs to excrete.
Oxalates are found in foods such as:
- Potato chips.
- French fries.
- Nuts and nut butters.
- Bran flakes.
Controlling your diet and keeping oxalate consumption as low as possible could not only help protect kidney function, but also shield you from kidney stones, which are often caused by high amounts of oxalates in the diet.
Some other lifestyle tips to reduce oxalates include:
- Hydrating with plenty of water.
- Lowering sodium intake
- Ensuring you have the right balance of calcium in your diet. This helps with fortifying bones as well.
Although these findings come to us from just one study, it’s still important to be aware of what you’re consuming and oxalate content if you’re at risk of kidney failure. With the right diet, your kidney will be much better off. And for more natural health tips on using diet to help support normal kidney function, check out our All-Natural Kidney Function & Kidney Restoration Program.