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Risk of kidney failure is increased by ‘eating too much red meat’

Switching from beef and pork to chicken or fish from time to time significantly reduces this risk.

Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition which is more prevalent in the elderly.The organs do not work effectively and those at high risk have a family history of it, have high blood pressure or are diabetic.It is estimated that about one in five British men and one in four women between the ages of 65 and 74 has some degree of CKD.It is incurable and can lead to kidney failure or End-Stage Renal Disease requiring dialysis or a transplant.Current guidelines recommend restricting dietary protein intake to help manage CKD and slow progression to kidney failure.

However, there is limited evidence that overall dietary protein restriction or limiting specific food sources of protein intake may slow kidney function decline in the general population.The National University of Singapore study looked at the relationship between dietary intake of major sources of protein and kidney function.It analysed data from 63,257 adults taking part in the Singapore Chinese Health Study. More