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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Sep 27, 2019



Many studies convince us that healthy eating, consuming more fruits and vegetables while moderating intake of carbs, fat, and meats, reduces cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.  Now an Australian meta-analysis presents proof that such a moderating diet will also keep your kidneys in work order.


The researchers analyzed 18 separate studies following some 630,000 participants over about 10 years.  A consistently healthy diet was associated with a 30% lower incidence of kidney disease.


One study after another sings the praises of abundant fruits and vegetables in your diet.  If you want a long life, you must respect and maintain your body’s equipment and especially your brains, heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver.


Katrina E. Bach, Jaimon T. Kelly, Suetonia C. Palmer, Saman Khalesi, Giovanni F. M. Strippoli, Katrina L. Campbell. Healthy Dietary Patterns and Incidence of CKD. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2019; CJN.00530119 DOI: 10.2215/CJN.00530119


#Fruits #vegetables #kidneydisease