Staff, 2023-01-24 11:05:26,
- Chronic kidney disease affects 1 in 10 people worldwide, and if left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure.
- Diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help to prevent or manage the condition.
- A new study suggests that by including fish-rich omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, people can reduce their risk of chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects
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Damage to the kidneys can happen over a long period of time, often causing no symptoms at first. Eventually, the kidneys cannot filter blood properly, leading to edema, or fluid retention, because the kidneys cannot get rid of extra fluid and salt.
People with CKD are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
Managing blood pressure and blood sugar levels is key to keeping your kidneys healthy. Being active, maintaining a healthy body weight, and eating a healthful diet are also important in both preventing and managing CKD.
Now, researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney have found that omega-3 from seafood is associated with a moderately lower risk of chronic kidney disease and a slower decline in kidney function.
The study was published in the
The study was a part of the Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research (FORCE) consortium of studies. FORCE was set up to understand the relationships between fatty acids from our diet and metabolic processes, using data from multiple studies.
“This is an interesting study of diet potentially having a direct effect on disease progression. […] The methodology of this pooled analysis is good—more precise and avoids measurement errors related to self-report.”
— Dr. Eamon Laird, visiting research fellow, Trinity College, Dublin, who was not involved in the study.
The researchers analyzed data from 19 studies from 12 countries to assess the association between long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) and CKD.
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