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19h September 2016
Fruits and vegetables improve BP control in CKD patients with associated metabolic acidosis
 
Treating metabolic acidosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with base-producing fruits and vegetables but not sodium bicarbonate lowered the systolic blood pressure followed by use of fewer anti-hypertensive drugs and those too in lower doses, says a study presented at the Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Orlando, Florida on September 14, 2016. The treatment costs were also reduced.
 
In the study, researchers randomized 108 subjects with CKD stage 3 eGFR (30-59 ml/min) and metabolic acidosis into three groups: One group received fruits and vegetables to reduce dietary potential renal acid load (PRAL) 50%, the second group was given oral sodium bicarbonate to reduce PRAL 50% and the third group received usual care and no alkali.
After five years, the average systolic blood pressure was lower in the fruit and vegetable group (125 mmHg) vs sodium bicarbonate (135 mmHg) group vs no alkali group (134 mmHg). Also, the average cost of drugs to maintain the blood pressure was nearly half in the fruit and vegetable group ($79,760) vs the sodium bicarbonate group ($155,372) vs no alkali group ($152,305) at five years.
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Adopt a pet for a heart healthy
Having a pet at home, especially a dog is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease  
 
New Delhi, 19 September 2016: With World Heart Day around the corner, all pet owners should rejoice, for as compared to non-pet owners, you have a reduced risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease. 
 
All those who have a furry friend are aware of the content and calming feeling they get when they are around them. They are not just pets to them but companions and friends with whom they can share their sorrows and happiness. Dog ownership helps tackle loneliness, depression, reduce stress levels and promote a more positive outlook on life. It also encourages regular exercise, which helps keep several key lifestyle diseases at bay.
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