Premature Birth Increases Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease from Childhood to Adulthood

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Preterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ. Given the high levels of preterm birth (currently 10% in the US and 5-8% in Europe), and better survival intoRead …

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Thyroid Function and Gut Health as Disease Risk Factors

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With increasing rates of obesity and diabetes, the associated condition of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become increasingly common, such that it is now the number one cause of liver disease in Western countries.[1] NAFLD affects 10 to 46% of the U.S. population, with a worldwide prevalence of 10Read …

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New Diagnostic Tool Diagnoses Early Chronic Kidney Disease and Stops Progression

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Researchers have developed a new test that could diagnose early chronic kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. This novel method, published in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal, could improve quality of life for diabetic patients by potentially catching chronic kidney disease in time to stop its progression to full-blownRead …

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Increasing Dietary Protein May Reduce Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Increasing the amount of protein in the diet may reduce the liver’s fat content and lower the risk of diabetes in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occursRead …

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Alkaline Diets Reduce Risk of Kidney Failure

Low acid diets that emphasize alkaline fruits and vegetables have gained attention in the diet of the day world, but critics cited a lack of scientific evidence. The evidence is growing that low acid diets may indeed have significant merit for kidney health. An estimated 26 million people in theRead …

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Jeffrey Bland PhD on a Personalized Approach to Kidney Disease

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Did you know that the average life expectancy for someone on kidney dialysis is five years? If you didn’t, you are not alone. Editor and integrative medicine expert Jeffrey Bland, PhD wrote in a recent opinion column in Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal he was dismayed to learn this factRead …

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Serum Bilirubin Concentrations and Chronic Kidney Disease

  Introduction The association between serum bilirubin concentrations and CKD is controversial and conflicting studies show opposing results. This study as presented in the slideshow, shows that higher serum direct bilirubin levels were significantly associated with a lower risk of the development of CKD, even when considering a variety of

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