Vegetarian diet beneficial for kidney patients

Vegetarian diet beneficial for kidney patients

A recent study has revealed that a vegetarian diet is good for improving the health of the kidney as it prevents the accumulation of the toxic phosphorous in the bodies of the kidney patients.

High levels of phosphorous intake are dangerous for kidney patients as higher levels of minerals can cause heart disease and even death.

Medical guidelines recommend low level of phosphorous in the diets of the kidney patients but generally the phosphorous content is not mentioned in the list of ingredients.

The study has been conducted by Sharon Moe of Indiana University School of Medicine and Roudebush Veterans' Affairs Medical Center along with her colleagues to observe the effects of vegetarian and meat diets on the nine number of kidney patients for one week with opposite diet after two to four weeks followed by the blood and urine test at the end of each week.

The study has been published in the recent issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN).

Moe along with the team members observed that in spite of the same protein and phosphorous levels in both the diets, the patients had lower levels of both the minerals in blood and urine samples as compared to the levels when given meat based diet.

Moe and her colleagues asserted "would allow increased protein intake without adversely affecting phosphorus levels."

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