High fat diet can cause kidney damage

By Noli Dinkovski

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Fatty foods: shown to cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes
Fatty foods: shown to cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes

Related tags: Nutrition, Glucose

A high fat food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a study published in Experimental Physiology.

In the study, carried out by the Anglia Ruskin University, rats were fed food consisting of cheese, chocolate bars, biscuits and marshmallows for eight weeks, or a 60% high-fat rodent feed for five weeks.

Blood sugar levels

The researchers then tested the effect of these diets on blood sugar levels and the different glucose transporters in the kidneys.

They found that certain types of glucose transporters as well as their regulatory proteins were present in a higher number in type 2 diabetic rats.

High fat diet

However, a high fat diet and junk food diet caused a similar increase in those receptors.

“There is a link between excessive consumption of this type of food and recent increases in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes,”​ said Dr Havovi Chichger, senior lecturer in biomedical science at the Anglia Ruskin University.

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