Diet and Kidney Function: a Literature Review

A.C. van Westing*, L.K. Küpers, J.M. Geleijnse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: The burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing worldwide. For CKD prevention, it is important to gain insight in commonly consumed foods and beverages in relation to kidney function. Recent Findings: We included 21 papers of prospective cohort studies with 3–24 years of follow-up. We focused on meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruit, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and dietary patterns. There was convincing evidence that a healthy dietary pattern may lower CKD risk. Plant-based foods, coffee, and dairy may be beneficial. Unhealthy diets and their components, such as red (processed) meat and sugar-sweetened beverages, may promote kidney function loss. For other foods and beverages, associations with CKD were neutral and/or the number of studies was too limited to draw conclusions. Summary: Healthy dietary patterns are associated with a lower risk of CKD. More research is needed into the effects of specific food groups and beverages on kidney function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalCurrent Hypertension Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Beverages
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dietary patterns
  • Foods
  • Glomerular filtration rate
  • Kidney function
  • Prospective cohort studies


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