Be More 'Kidney-Friendly' by Eating Soy

CBN.com - Healthy kidney function is vital for removing metabolic waste products from the blood and for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Diabetics are particularly susceptible to poor kidney health due to high blood sugar levels. Some researchers have suggested that more vegetable protein supports better kidney health (1-3).

More specifically, medical studies suggest that soy protein with its isoflavones may have multiple benefits for supporting kidney health (4,5), and is an excellent choice for adding vegetable protein to one’s diet.

In a randomized clinical trial, Type II diabetics were instructed to replace their usual diet with a soy-enriched diet (6). Switching to the soy diet reduced the amount of protein and nitrogen in the urine suggesting a favorable effect on kidney function. Also, soy consumption reduced total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Similar lipid lowering effects also have been observed in renal transplant patients (7).

People on dialysis, who are prone to protein malnutrition, may also benefit. Preliminary data University of Kentucky reveals that dialysis patients, when given soy protein, experience a decrease in protein malnutrition, suggesting that soy protein may be beneficial in supporting a better nutritional status in dialysis patients (8).

If you are interested in soy and kidney health support, ask your health care professional about adding more soy to your diet.


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2. Soroka N, Silverberg DS, Greemland M, Birk Y, Blum M, Peer G, Iaina A. Comparison of a vegetable-based (soya) and an animal-based low-protein diet in predialysis chronic renal failure patients. Nephron 1998; 79(2):173-180.

3. Kitazato H, Fujita H, Shimotomai T, Kagaya E, Narita T, Kakei M, Ito S. Effects of chronic intake of vegetable protein added to animal or fish protein on renal hemodynamics. Nephron 2002; 90:31-36.

4. Anderson JW, Smith BM, Washmock CS. Cardiovascular and renal benefits of dry bean and soybean intake. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999; 70(Suppl 3):464S-474S.

5. Ranich T, Bhathena SJ, Velasquez MT. Protective effects of dietary phytoestrogens in chronic renal disease. Journal of Renal Nutrition 2001; 11(4):183-193.

6. Azadbakht L, Shakerhosseini R, Atabak S, Jamshidian M, Mehrabi Y, Esmaill-Zadeh A. Beneficiary effect of dietary soy protein on lowering plasma levels of lipid and improving kidney function in type II diabetes with nephropathy. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003; 57(10):1292-1294.

7. Cupisti A, D’Alessandro C, Ghiadoni L, Morelli E, Panichi V, Barsotti G. Effect of soy protein diet on serum lipids of renal transplant patients. Journal of Renal Nutrition 2004; 14(1):31-35.

8. Dietary Intake of a Soy Protein Isolate Supplement Improves Nutritional Status in Malnourished Hemodialysis Patients. T. J. Stephenson, et al. Fourth International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease, Nov. 4-7, 2001. San Diego, California.

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