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  2. May 8, 2024

Red and Processed Meat May Contribute to Kidney Risk in Diabetes

A study of over 100 women has found a significant connection between eating red and processed meat and rates of diabetic nephropathy, which is kidney damage caused by diabetes.1 Other studies have found that plant-based diets reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.2,3 


  1. Mirzababaei A, Abaj F, Roumi Z, et al. Consumption of red, white, and processed meat and odds of developing kidney damage and diabetic nephropathy (DN) in women: a case control study. Sci Rep. 2024;14(1):10344. doi:10.1038/s41598-024-59097-1 
  2. Heo GY, Koh HB, Kim HJ, et al. Association of plant protein intake with risk of incident CKD: a UK biobank study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2023;S0272-6386(23)00742-4. doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2023.05.007  
  3. Kahleova H, Petersen KF, Shulman GI, et al. Effect of a low-fat vegan diet on body weight, insulin sensitivity, postprandial metabolism, and intramyocellular and hepatocellular lipid levels in overweight adults: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(11):e2025454. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.25454 

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