Diets with More Potassium May Benefit Diabetics’ Kidney Health
For diabetics, protecting your kidneys from damage is a major part of avoiding future complications from the disease. Research is now showing that dietary habits, especially focusing on certain nutrients, play a significant role in improving the health of the kidneys and heart.
Dr. Shin-ichi Araki from the Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan recently published the results of his study on potassium-rich diets on diabetic patients. His trial involved 623 type 2 diabetics, enrolled from 1996 to 2003, who were not using diuretics nor had a history of cardiovascular disease. During the study, the enrolled participants’ urine was collected and its potassium and sodium levels measured. Patients were followed-up until 2013.
The participants with high levels of potassium in their urine samples were found to have a lower risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular conditions. This could lead to lower risk of end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular disease, two of the leading causes of death among diabetics.
Potassium is found naturally in many foods.
- Leafy greens (kale, collards, chard, etc.)
Processing of these fruits and vegetables leads to depletion of potassium content, so consuming these foods while fresh is best for maximum benefits. It is important to remember that a healthy diet is very important to diabetes management, it is not intended as a single solution to avoid complications. Blood sugar management, regular checkups with specialists, and exercise are all integral parts of overall diabetes management and improved health.
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