According to new studies, it was proved that a vegetarian diet can prevent kidney disease, as well as some kinds of cancers, heart conditions and diabetes. The vegan eating regime can lower your risk to develop renal disease if you are a type-II diabetic.
In the case of type-II diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t provide the necessary amount of insulin. However, it can also be that your body don’t use the insulin it generates, resulting in high blood sugar-levels. Sources of glucose include: potatoes, bread, pasta, rice fruit and milk. To use the glucose, your body requires insulin.
As an alternative to meat, vegans are consuming soy protein like soy beans or tofu as well as other protein sources present in vegetables. The vegan diet may also assist you in controlling your weight. The question arises how the vegan diet can be useful in the prevention of kidney disease? Recent studies revealed that a diet rich in soy protein diminishes the amount of protein that you are losing in your urine. Renal hyper filtration as well as PRAL (potential renal acid load) are lowered which leads to the prevention of kidney disease. Seemingly, a protein rich diet is the cause of glomerular or renal hyper filtration.
Barzel and Massey conducted a study during 1998, which revealed that the following food sources have a high PRAL: meats – 9.5, cheeses – 8.0, fish – 7.9, flour – 7.0, noodles – 6.7. Foods sources with a lower PRAL include: fruits: minus 3.1, vegetables: minus 2.8 and milk of cows 1.0.
When it comes to comparing different foods and their nutritious values, it is important to observe that meats contain cholesterol and saturated fats in comparison with soy proteins and vegetables, which have a low content of saturated fats and fat. In addition, vegetables don’t contain cholesterol, whilst it has more phyto-chemicals and fibre, which is good for fighting cancer!
Some delicious vegetarian meals are nuts (only for people without an allergy to peanut), chilli-beans, whole-wheat wrap with a chickpea-spread (hummus), vegetable lasagne, minestrone or vegetable soup, burritos or enchiladas with black beans and a stir fry of vegetables and rice.
Besides health reasons, there are people who prefer the vegetarian diet, believing in its more ethical nature. Furthermore, it is more environmental friendly, as less energy to produce vegetable protein is required, when compared to milk and meats.
Discuss the subject with your nephrologist and dietician, if you think to change your diet. This will ensure that such a change will not result in a loss of protein. Kidney patients should take care not to consume foods which are too rich in phosphorus and potassium. The following vegetables have a high level of potassium: spinach, tomatoes dried in the sun, Swiss chard cooked, sweet potato in the skin, raw kale, mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green snap beans and zucchini with skin. Vegetables, rich in phosphorus are squash seeds, pumpkin, pine- & Brazil nuts, flax seeds and edamame (roasted soy beans).