Study Links High Salt Intake to Increased CKD Risk


Dec 29, 2023

Study Links High Salt Intake to Increased CKD Risk

Understanding the Link Between Salt Intake and Kidney Health

Insights from a Comprehensive Study on Diet and Kidney Disease

A significant study led by Rui Tang and his team has brought to light a crucial correlation between dietary salt intake and the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). The study analyzed the health data of 465,288 individuals, aged 37 to 73, from the UK Biobank, spanning from 2006 to 2023. Importantly, all participants were free from CKD at the study's onset.

Study Findings: The Impact of Salt on Kidney Health

  • High Salt Intake Linked to Increased CKD Risk: The study found a direct association between frequent salt addition to foods and a heightened risk of CKD. This relationship persisted even after adjusting for variables like body mass index (BMI), initial kidney function, and lifestyle factors.
  • Demographic and Health Patterns: Participants who often added salt to their food tended to have higher BMIs and started with lower kidney function, suggesting a broader pattern of health risks associated with high salt consumption.
  • Risk Variability Among Different Groups: The study noted that the increased risk of CKD was more pronounced in individuals with better initial kidney function, lower BMI, or a sedentary lifestyle.

Implications: Dietary Changes as a Preventive Strategy

The study underscores the importance of dietary modifications, particularly reducing discretionary salt intake, as a preventive measure against CKD. This finding is significant as it offers a practical approach to lowering the risk of a prevalent chronic condition through manageable changes in eating habits.

Conclusion: A Path Forward in Kidney Disease Prevention

Rui Tang's study serves as a crucial reminder of the impact of dietary choices on long-term health, particularly kidney health. By highlighting the link between salt intake and CKD risk, the study provides valuable guidance for individuals and public health initiatives alike. Adopting a diet lower in salt emerges as a key strategy in reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease, representing a significant step towards better overall health and wellbeing.

Overall, the study by Rui Tang and his team presents a clear message: minor alterations in our diet, specifically in our salt consumption, can play a vital role in preventing kidney disease, offering a proactive approach to maintaining health in the long term.

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About the Author

Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft.  As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020.  Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.

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