Diabetics Can Prevent And Even Stop Kidney Disease By Doing This One Thing
Despite popular belief, diabetics can avoid, and even stop, the progression of kidney disease as well as reduce protein in the urine by making one major change in their lifestyle habits.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the overall prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the general population is a whooping fourteen percent. High blood pressure and diabetes are the main causes of chronic kidney disease. Almost half of individuals with chronic kidney disease also have diabetes and/or self-reported cardiovascular disease.
What is more, kidney disease often has no obvious symptoms and can go undetected until it is very advanced. This is why kidney disease is known as a “silent disease.” Early symptoms of kidney disease caught at a screening can be indicated by an abnormal amount of protein, called albumin, in the urine.
More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis, and roughly 193,000 have a kidney transplant.
Surprisingly, statistics show that about thirty percent of patients with Type 1 diabetes and ten to forty percent of those with Type 2 diabetes will eventually suffer from kidney failure. (www.kidney.org) Therefore it is common to want to know how to reduce protein in the urine.
There are several ways kidney disease can occur:
- Obesity - The ways in which obesity contributes to kidney disease are rarely discussed. Metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by obesity, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, and high cholesterol, are noted causes of renal disease according to The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. These are liver issues often associated with Type 2 diabetes, which may explain the rise in prevalence of kidney disease in type 2 diabetics.
- Uncontrolled Sugar Levels - High sugar levels have always been cited as the reason for kidney disease in diabetics. Blood vessels in the kidneys become injured, and the kidneys are unable to clean the blood properly. The result is protein in the urine and waste materials build up in the blood.
- Too Much Animal Protein - Although there is no significant evidence that intake of high dietary protein causes or progresses kidney disease, according to a 2010 review, high protein intake remains suspect in affecting the health of the kidneys. According to a study published in the American Journal Of Kidney Diseases, effects of dietary protein restriction on the progression of advanced kidney disease with a modified protein diet have shown that a lower protein intake retards the progression of advanced renal disease.
- Viral Issues - We cannot discount the possibility of viral issues as a growing threat when it comes to kidney disease and even kidney failure. Cytomegalovirus and The Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) are real threats to kidney health according to Anthony William, NY Times Best Selling Author of Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables and claims that although cytomegalovirus doesn’t give rise to symptoms such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, cytomegalovirus is able to release neurotoxins that can cause problems in places like the kidneys, heart, and liver. Similarly and perhaps more dangerously according to William, the HHV-6 virus in growing in variation and in strength. William warns “If you’ve been forced to go on dialysis due to kidney failure, you may have been incorrectly told that you’re suffering from an autoimmune issue and that your body is attacking itself. This is incorrect. Your body never attacks itself! A more likely scenario is that HHV-6 is attacking the kidney and causing your kidney failure.”
Seriously, Stop Eating Animal Products
One immediate natural treatment for stopping the progression of kidney disease and reducing protein in the urine, especially if you are diabetic, is to eat a diet high in quality carbohydrates and low fat and in animal protein. Despite what you may have heard about eating fruit, this will help greatly in regulating and control blood sugar levels. It is best to swap out animal protein and dairy for high amounts of plant-based foods such as fruit and leafy greens in the diet. High amounts of animal protein in the diet have been shown to progress kidney disease. Adopting a plant-based diet is first and foremost the most important move to make toward healing when facing kidney disease. A review of studies by Bernstein et al concluded that high-protein animal diets, but not high-protein plant protein diets, impact renal function by reducing protein in the urine as measured by GFR (J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:644-650).
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