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Low-carb Diets Don’t Harm Kidneys

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 01:06 PM

The popularity of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets have worried some health experts who have feared they may be harmful to the kidneys. But a new study has found Akins-style diets do not cause kidney damage in otherwise healthy people and are safe.
The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, determined low-carb diets have no negative effects on the kidney function, fluids or electrolyte balance of healthy obese individuals trying to lose weight.
“These results are relevant to the millions of healthy obese adults who use dieting as a weight-loss strategy," said lead researcher Dr. Allon Friedman, of Indiana University School of Medicine.
To reach their conclusions, Friedman and his colleagues examined the effects of a low-carb, high-protein diet – compared to a standard low-fat diet -- on the kidney function in 307 obese individuals without kidney disease over a 2-year period.
While the researchers found no harmful effects on most healthy people, they suggested additional research is needed to determine even longer-term effects of the diet on the kidneys and on those with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and at risk of developing kidney stones.

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