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      Protective effect of tartary buckwheat on renal function in type 2 diabetics: a randomized controlled trial

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          Tartary buckwheat (TB) has been reported to be associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and T2DM has had a major impact on the development of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Thus, the hypothesis that a daily intake of TB will improve DKD risk factors, including urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (UACR), urea nitrogen (UN), serum creatinine, and uric acid was tested. In a parallel, randomized, open-label controlled trial, 104 T2DM patients were randomly assigned to a diet control group (systematic diet plans and intensive nutritional education) or a TB intervention group (daily replacement of a portion of staple foods with TB foods). Blood samples and dietary information were collected at baseline and the end of the 4-week study. The primary outcomes were that TB significantly decreased the rela tive changes in UACR (2.43–2.35, logarithmic transformed mg/g creatinine) and UN (5.12–4.91 mmol/L) in the TB intervention group vs the diet control group at 4 weeks ( P<0.05), without obvious effect on blood glucose during the 4-week study. In addition, subgroup analyses based on different DKD stages also showed a significant reduction in UACR and UN for the T2DM patients with normoalbuminuria and microalbuminuria ( P<0.05). These results support the hypothesis that TB as a replacement of staple food probably alleviates renal dysfunction in T2DM patients.

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                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Dove Medical Press
                18 November 2016
                : 12
                : 1721-1727
                [1 ]Institute of Food and Nutrition Development, Ministry of Agriculture
                [2 ]College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University
                [3 ]Department of Nutrition, Pinggu Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pinggu
                [4 ]Department of Nutrition, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
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                Correspondence: Yanping Liu, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (East), Number 1 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing 100730, China, Tel/fax +86 10 6915 9081, Email liuyp1227@ 123456vip.sina.com
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                tartary buckwheat, dietary intervention, type 2 diabetes mellitus, renal function


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