Scientists from Huazhong University of Science and Technology found eating nuts is linked to lower risks of chronic kidney disease and death.
Chronic kidney disease 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.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of kidney disease. The health care providers may do tests to find out why people have kidney disease.
The cause of kidney disease may affect the type of treatment people receive.
People can take steps to protect the kidneys. The most important step they can take to treat kidney disease is to control blood pressure. Healthy habits can also help people manage their kidney disease.
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 have been found to have beneficial effects on some diseases, including heart disease and cancer in several recent studies.
However, there are few studies to show the effects of nuts on chronic kidney disease.
In the current study, researchers aimed to examine the association between eating nuts and the risks of chronic kidney disease and death among adults in the USA.
They analyzed data from more than 6000 people who participated in the NHANES 2003-2006.
The researchers found eating nuts 1-6 times per week was linked to a lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease.
In addition, eating more nuts was strongly linked to lower death and heart disease risk in people with no chronic kidney disease.
For people with chronic kidney disease, the team found a consistent and strong link between eating nuts 1-6 per week and death risk.
Based on these findings, researchers recommend people with chronic kidney disease eat enough nuts 1-6 times per week, while the consumption frequency can be more flexible for people with no chronic kidney disease.
They suggest that further studies should confirm this conclusion.
The research was published in The American Journal of Nephrology and conducted by Ying Yao et al.
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