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Ameliorating Chronic Kidney Disease Using a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

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Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97303 Waco, TX 76798-7303, USA
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Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97303 Waco, TX 76798-7303, USA
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Nutrients 2020, 12(4), 1007; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041007
Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 24 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 6 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Metabolism)
Novel approaches to ameliorating chronic kidney disease (CKD) are warranted as most patients are undiagnosed until they begin displaying symptoms of kidney failure. There is increasing evidence that a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet may offer benefits that slow the progression of CKD, decrease the incidence cardiovascular disease, decrease rates of diabetes and obesity, and reduce inflammation and cholesterol, which in turn can delay kidney failure and the initiation of dialysis. While animal-based protein ingestion promotes an acidic environment, inflammation and renal hyperfiltration, study authors report plant-based protein can be alkaline-producing and anti-inflammatory and can contain renoprotective properties. Although there may be benefits to adopting a WFPB diet, macronutrient and micronutrient content should be carefully considered and adjusted to avoid malnutrition in CKD patients. Further research needs to be done in order to establish the biological plausibility and feasibility of a WFPB in individuals with diagnosed CKD. View Full-Text
Keywords: whole food plant-based diet; chronic kidney disease; potential renal acid load; cardiovascular disease whole food plant-based diet; chronic kidney disease; potential renal acid load; cardiovascular disease
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Adair, K.E.; Bowden, R.G. Ameliorating Chronic Kidney Disease Using a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet. Nutrients 2020, 12, 1007.

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