Study: Smaller Belly, Less Deli May Reduce Kidney Disease Risk

“A good rule of thumb is that if the food comes in a package, it’s likely to be high in phosphorus,” he said. “Approximately 90 percent of phosphorus additives are absorbed by the body.”

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Processed foods are usually high in harmful phosphorus additives.

Losing belly fat and limiting processed foods and other sources of dietary phosphorus might help reduce your risk of kidney disease, a new study finds.

Phosphorus is added to many processed foods to enhance their flavor and extend their shelf life. High levels of phosphorus are also naturally found in animal, dairy and vegetable proteins, said study leader Dr. Alex Chang, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The study of nearly 500 overweight or obese adults enrolled in a healthy-lifestyle program found that a shrinking waistline and lower consumption of dietary phosphorus were associated with reduced levels of protein in the urine (albuminuria), which is an early sign of kidney disease.

After six months, participants’ waistlines shrunk an average of 1.7 inches and they had a 25 percent reduction in urine protein. The researchers also found that a 314-milligram reduction in…

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