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Dietary Phytoestrogens Protective In Chronic Renal Disease

KEY POINT

Based on evidence of renoprotective effects of dietary phytoestrogens in both animals and humans, soy and flaxseed should be studied in randomized controlled trials in patients with chronic renal failure, according to authors of a recent review article. Since many of these patients have concomitant diseases that would benefit from a shift from animal to vegetable sources of protein, a diet high in phytoestrogens is a reasonable recommendation, even without the trials.

SOURCES

Velasquez MT, Bhathena SJ. Dietary phytoestrogens: a possible role in renal disease protection. Am J Kidney Diseases. 2001;37:1056–8.

Glazier MG, Bowman MA. A review of the evidence for the use of phytoestrogens as a replacement for traditional estrogen replacement therapy. Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:1161–72.