A diet emphasizing fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, poultry, and whole grains may slow loss of kidney function over time, according to a report in the American Journal of Kidney Disease (2011;57:245-254).

Among 3,121 mostly middle-aged and older white women taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study, overall kidney function was generally good.

Compared with subjects who adhered to this healtier diet, those following a Western-style diet (high in red and processed meats, saturated fats, and sweets) were more likely to experience microalbuminuria and rapid decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate.

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