Scientists from Huazhong University of Science and Technology found that eating nuts is linked to a much lower risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a lower all-cause death risk with or without CKD.
CKD means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should.
The main risk factors for developing kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a family history of kidney failure.
You are at risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure.
If you have risk factors, get tested for kidney disease and protect your kidneys by making healthy food choices, being more active, aiming for a healthy weight, and managing health conditions that cause kidney damage.
Nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts.
Nuts are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fibers, vitamins, and minerals. They regulate body weight as their fats are not fully absorbed, they regulate food intake and help burn energy.
Nuts contain unsaturated fats and other nutrients that provide protective effects against heart disease.
Research shows that making nuts a regular part of a healthy diet helps to regulate our weight and can protect against chronic diseases (such as heart disease and diabetes).
However, there are few studies to show the effects of nuts on CKD.
In the current study, researchers aimed to examine the link between eating nuts and the risk and mortality of CKD in adults in the USA.
They analyzed data from 6,072 people aged 20 years and older in the NHANES 2003–2006.
The team compared the association between eating nuts and death risk and heart disease death in people with CKD and without CKD.
They found that eating nuts 1–6 times per week was linked to a lower risk of CKD. In addition, eating nuts more frequently was strongly linked to lower death risk and heart disease risk in with no CKD.
For people with CKD, there was a strong link between eating nuts 1–6 per week and lower death risks.
Based on the findings, the team recommends people with CKD have an adequate intake of nuts 1–6 times per week, while the eating frequency can be more flexible for people with no CKD.
The research was published in the American Journal of Nephrology and was conducted by Koushu Wang et al.
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