According to a review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, approximately 30 million Americans – about 15 percent of adults – have chronic kidney disease, a number that is expected to increase in the next 20 years due to rising obesity rates and longer lifespans.
Black Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney disease due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In fact, black Americans are almost four times as likely as whites to develop kidney failure.
There’s evidence that the proper diet helps people with chronic kidney disease improve their blood sugar and blood pressure. Moreover, the appropriate diet will slow the progression of the disease and even delay or prevent the need for dialysis or a transplant.
Despite the evidence, nearly 90 percent of individuals with chronic kidney disease never