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Red meat consumption linked to kidney failure

07 Mar 2017

A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology investigated the long term impact red meat consumption has on kidney health. The study, which was carried out at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Duke-NUS Medical School also investigated the potential impact that red meat has on kidney health.  

Professor Koh Woon Puay delved into the data from the Singapore Chinese Health Studies with the aim to uncover the role of different protein sources on kidney health outcomes. The results of their study have shown that that individuals who consumed the highest amounts of red meat showed a higher risk of developing ESRD (end-stage renal disease) than those who consumed the least red meat. "Our findings suggest that these individuals can still maintain protein intake but consider switching to plant-based sources; however, if they still choose to eat meat, fish/shellfish and poultry are better alternatives to red meat."

 

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