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Your Health 11-02-12: Fighting kidney problems

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New research shows an apple a day keeps the nephrologist away.

This is news that people with or at risk of kidney problems should know.

One of three new studies indicates that some people with kidney disease can improve their health by adding fruits and vegetables to their diet.

The three-year study showed that consuming fruits and vegetables which are alkaline or taking the oral alkaline medication reduced a marker of metabolic acidosis and preserved kidney function to similar extents.

The second study found that poor nutrition plays a role in the association between poverty and kidney disease.

A third study found that black kidney disease patients are more likely to have uncontrolled blood pressure than white patients.

The findings were presented today at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego.#

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