Chronic Kidney Disease, Overview

Year Published: 2019

Journal

Kidney International Reports

Authors

Philippe Chauveau, Catherine Lasseur

Methods

In this commentary, authors looked at the relationship between plant-based protein intake and kidney function in diabetic patients.

Key Findings

Plant-based diets are generally protective against Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the progression of it. In contrast, intake of animal protein, particularly red meat and processed foods, has harmful effects on the kidneys. In fact, a theoretical model showed that replacing 3% of energy from animal by vegetabe protein is associated with significant reduction of CKD prevalence.