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Change in Diet can Help Diabetic Kidney Function


Research has shown that people with Type 2 diabetes who have a kidney condition called macroalbuminuria may do well to replace the red meat in their diet with chicken. Previous studies had shown that people who ate chicken in place of red meat reduced the amount of albumin produced in their urine and also lowered their cholesterol levels.

In a newer study, participants followed either their usual diets, a diet that replaced red meat with chicken or a diet that was vegetarian and low in protein and included milk and milk products. Those who followed the chicken diets and the vegetarian diets had significantly lower levels of albumin in their urine, and they also had lower cholesterol levels.

Blood sugar and blood pressure weren't affected by the diet. Weight, however, tended to decrease among patients eating the chicken diet.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2006
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