Julia Scialla, MD, Links Chronic Kidney Disease to Eating Fewer Fruits and Vegetables

July 27, 2022 by jta6n@virginia.edu

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Julia J. Scialla, MD

Julia J. Scialla, MD, a UVA School of Medicine Division of Nephrology kidney specialist and her research team found that adults with chronic kidney disease generally ate fewer fruits and vegetables than adults who did not have the disease. Their findings were published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition and has received widespread national news coverage, with more than 200 media outlets reporting on the study. Dr. Scialla says “Consuming more fruits and vegetables is strongly linked to health in many different diseases. We worry about overall health effects when we see patients with chronic kidney disease consuming low levels of fruits and vegetables.”

Researchers analyzed data on eating patterns of fruits and vegetables from three cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 1988 and 2018.  After adjusting for demographics, waist circumference and the presence of diabetes and high blood pressure among survey participants, the scientists found that patients with chronic kidney disease included fewer fruits and vegetables in their diets.

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