Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve Kidney Function in Transplant Recipients

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Diet plays an important role in the health of patients with chronic kidney disease, even after transplantation. New research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicates that following the Mediterranean diet may help kidney transplant recipients maintain normal kidney function.

The Mediterranean diet—which focuses on high intake of fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and olive oil together with lower intake of dairy and meat products—has been linked with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and early death in the general population, and a reduced risk of diabetes after kidney transplantation; however, whether the diet