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Southern-Style Diet Linked to Higher Death Rates



Eating a “Southern-style diet” results in higher death rates in those with kidney disease, according to research published in the August issue of the National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Analyzing the diet habits of the study participants, the researchers found that those who regularly consumed foods familiar to Southern diets had a 50% increase in risk of death across the 6.5-year follow-up period. Foods that the researchers identify as being part of a Southern diet include processed and fried foods, organ meats and sweetened beverages.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, modifying lifestyle through healthy diet as well as controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, quitting smoking, regular exercise and maintaining a normal weight, can reduce the risk of kidney disease and related conditions.

For more on the study, visit Medical News Today.