Can the Mediterranean diet, including wine, be good for sufferers of chronic kidney disease?

Can the Mediterranean diet, including wine, be good for sufferers of chronic kidney disease?
Oct 2, 2019

Q: Can the Mediterranean diet, including wine, be good for sufferers of chronic kidney disease?—Theodore, New York

A: High blood pressure can lead to kidney damage, and the Mediterranean diet, with its focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and, yes, moderate wine consumption, has been linked with improved blood pressure. "In the early stages [of chronic kidney disease], a Mediterranean diet is super fantastic because it has all that potassium," University of Chicago Medical Center chronic kidney disease nutrition and education specialist Melanie Betz told Wine Spectator, "but when the disease is a little bit more advanced (stage 4 or 5), you might not be able to handle that potassium load."

Betz emphasizes that high blood pressure is damaging to kidneys, so what's healthy for the heart is good for the kidneys as well. The Mediterranean diet's allowance for moderate wine consumption (one glass a day for women; two for men) could contribute to lowering blood pressure and improving kidney health, however, she says, it cannot reverse kidney disease. Consult your physician before including wine as part of a healthy diet.

Q & A Health

You Might Also Like

Is it safe to drink wine during chemotherapy?

Is it safe to drink wine during chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is an aggresive form of treatment for cancer. While its side effects can …

Jun 24, 2020
I suffer from heartburn. How can I avoid it and still enjoy wine?

I suffer from heartburn. How can I avoid it and still enjoy wine?

Among the most common causes of heartburn are overconsumption of food and drink, especially …

Jun 10, 2020
Why do some wines keep me awake at night?

Why do some wines keep me awake at night?

While alcohol is a depressant, it also has stimulating effects which can interfere with how …

May 27, 2020
Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to some wines but not all?

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to some wines but not all?

Food allergies are adverse immunologic reactions to substances contained in foods or drinks …

May 13, 2020
Are there any benefits to wine baths?

Are there any benefits to wine baths?

Some wellness groups and spas may tout the benefits of wine baths as an antioxidant-rich …

Apr 29, 2020
Is it normal to have ringing in the ears when you drink wine?

Is it normal to have ringing in the ears when you drink wine?

Experiencing ringing in the ears after drinking wine may just not be your imagination. But …

Apr 15, 2020