Higher Protein Intake Associated With Earlier Death In White Men With Kidney Disease

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HIGHER PROTEIN INTAKE ASSOCIATED WITH EARLIER DEATH IN WHITE MEN WITH KIDNEY DISEASE

NHANES I was a large study of health and nutrition conducted in the United States in the 1970s. Over 2500 older persons were identified from this study. One hundred seventy-five of them appeared to have kidney disease based either on their own report or laboratory values. Death rates were determined for these people. In men with kidney disease indicators, a 15-gram increase in protein intake (the equivalent of about 2 ounces of meat) was associated with a 25% higher risk of death compared to those without kidney disease. Those with higher protein intakes also tended to consume the largest number of servings of animal protein. Protein intake did not appear to affect women's risk of death. While the authors state that further study is needed, these results suggest that a moderate limitation of protein could help reduce risk of death in white males with some symptoms of kidney disease.

The Vegetarian Resource Group, Inc.

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By Reed Mangels

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