November 5th, 2009 by Nina Thompson, ARNP
Two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda was associated with a two-fold increased risk of faster kidney function decline in a recent study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. There was no connection in the study, however, between sugar-sweetened beverages and kidney function decline.
A second study found a link between higher dietary sodium intake and kidney function decline. This is consistent with previous studies on experimental animal data that showed high sodium intake appeared to promote progressive kidney disease.
Both studies are to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, in San Diego.
One in nine American adults have kidney disease and millions more are at increased risk of getting it, but most don’t know it. Kidney disease can be detected and treated early to prevent prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease. Also African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk.
Source: “Diet Soda, Sodium Tied to Kidney Trouble: Studies” Health Day News, November 2, 2009
Source: National Kidney Foundation