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Monday, June 4, 2012

Study Confirms Low Carb Diets Do Not Harm Kidneys

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While almost any intake of protein is a problem for people with advanced kidney disease, studies have found repeatedly that for people with normal kidney function or early diabetic changes the low carb diet does not promote kidney damage.

This was confirmed in a study published in 2012 of 307 obese individuals without kidney disease who were put on a low carb diet over a two year period. The study, which was published in a high profile journal intended for kidney specialists, concluded that the low carb diet did not cause noticeably harmful effects to patients' kidney function or their fluid and electrolyte balance compared with a low-fat diet.

Comparative Effects of Low-Carbohydrate High-Protein Versus Low-Fat Diets on the Kidney. Allon N. Friedman et al. Clinical Journal of thh American Society of Nephrology May 2012 doi: 10.2215/?CJN.11741111


Joyce said...

I agree that for healthy kidneys High protein Low card diet is good.The problem will be there when kidneys are diseased.

Jenny said...


There is some evidence that low carb diets can also reverse diabetic kidney damage which turns out to be caused by high blood glucose, not protein. Details of a study showing this are found on this page: