Consuming a diet rich in potassium may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes a new study has claimed.
Kidney failure and heart disease are common life threatening complications of diabetes. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of developing kidney failure and heart disease.’
To examine whether higher intake sodium and potassium are associated with these risks. Shinichi Araki of Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan and his colleagues studied a group of 623 patients with type 2 diabetes and normal kidney function. Patients were enrolled between 1996 and 2003 and were followed up until 2013.
Higher levels of urinary potassium excretion which closely correlate with intake amounts were linked with a slower decline of kidney function and a lower incidence of cardiovascular complications. Sodium levels were not associated with kidney or heart health during the follow up. “ For many individuals with diabetes the most challenging part of a treatment plan is to determine what to eat. The results in our study highlight the importance of a diet high in diabetes nutrition therapy” said Araki.
The study appears in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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