Calorie Counting Could Be Key To Curtailing Damage in Kidneys

Calorie counting and kidneys are the topic of a new study. Researchers have new information on the benefits of proper nutrition for those at risk of chronic kidney issues. Kidneys filter the blood of wastes and toxins, allowing them to be expelled through urine. If the kidneys operate at reduced function or fail completely, the person in question has chronic kidney issues. There is no cure for this chronic condition, except for transplant. It affects 10% to 13% of the adult population. Those with the condition are at a higher risk of cardiovascular complications and premature death.

Researchers were studying the ratio of calories from macronutrients participants consumed, the goal being to identify a healthy balance to prevent CKD. Looking at 567,000 participants, they put the baseline for macronutrition ratios at 50% carbohydrates, 35% fats, and 15% protein. Researchers found higher protein intake was associated with lower risk of CKD and end-stage renal disease. But, those who ate more fat were at a greater risk for the condition.

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