New research suggests that a low-carb, high-protein diet could improve kidney function for some people. This comes following concerns that following this diet plan for an extended period could cause kidney damage in some people, including those with Type 2 diabetes, as the body can have difficulty eliminating high volumes of protein waste products. Around one-third of people with the condition also have some degree of kidney disease.
The researchers analysed the records of 143 people with Type 2 diabetes who had followed a low-carb diet, diagnosed for an average of five years and three months. Participants had normal kidney function or mild kidney disease and had followed a low-carb diet for an average of 30 months.
An earlier study found this group lost an average of 9.5kg, and 47% reversed their condition. In the latest study, two-thirds also had improved kidney function.
The study was published in August in Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity.
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