Plant-Based Diets for Kidney Disease: A Guide for Clinicians

In recent years, a growing body of evidence has emerged on the benefits of plant-based diets on the prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases. In parallel, data now exist regarding the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its most common complications with this dietary pattern. Improving the nutrient quality of patients by including a higher proportion of plant-based foods while reducing total – and animal protein – intake may reduce the need for – or complement – nephroprotective medications, improve kidney disease complications, and, perhaps, favorably affect disease progression and patient survival.