The Mediterranean diet could be an exceptional support for patients with chronic renal disease

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Francesco Cacciabaudo
Roberta Altomare
Vincenzo Davide Palumbo
Giuseppe Damiano
Salvatore Fazzotta
Leonardo Gulotta
Giulia Lo Monte
Francesco Maltese
Attilio Ignazio Lo Monte

Keywords

Mediterranean diet, Chronic renal disease, Obesity, Cardiovasvascular disease, DASH diet.

Abstract

Chronic renal disease (CKD) is a social problem affecting millions of patients characterized by
loss of renal function and related to metabolic diseases. The approach from the dietary point of view to this
problem could be a perfect strategy to slow down the progression of the disease and at the same time the
problems of malnutrition typical of CKD. Several studies show that the Mediterranean diet (MD) may play
a key role in the control of the early stages of the disease. Even if the MD showed to be the best diet for the
control of metabolic diseases and for the general well-being, in the case of the patient with CKD, should be
adapted in what is called the DASH diet, characterized by the typical roles of the MD but with a controlled
intake of minerals and proteins.

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