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How baking soda could slow kidney disease.

A DAILY dose of baking soda could transform the lives of patients with failing kidneys, it was claimed today.

New research by British scientists suggests sodium bicarbonate - otherwise known as baking soda - can slow the progress of chronic kidney disease Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also know as chronic renal disease, is a progressive loss of renal function over a period of months or years through five stages. Each stage is a progression through an abnormally low and progressively worse glomerular filtration rate, which is .

The simple household product used for baking, cleaning, bee stings and acid indigestion is so effective it could prevent patients having to be put on kidney machines, the results show.

Around three million people in the UK suffer from chronic kidney disease, which may have a number of causes. The con-ditioranges in severity from a mild degree of poor functioning to complete kidney failure.

Doctors have long wondered about the potential value of baking soda for kidney disease patients who commonly suffer from low bicarbonate levels, a condition called metabolic acidosis acidosis /ac·i·do·sis/ (as?i-do´sis)
1. the accumulation of acid and hydrogen ions or depletion of the alkaline reserve (bicarbonate content) in the blood and body tissues, decreasing the pH.

2.
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The pilot study conducted at the Royal London Hospital The Royal London Hospital, formerly the London Hospital, founded in 1740, is a major teaching hospital in Whitechapel, London. It is part of the Barts and the London NHS Trust, alongside St Bartholomew's Hospital ("Barts"), located approximately two miles away. , Whitechapel, was the first controlled test of the treatment in a clinical setting.

Researchers studied 134 patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and metabolic acidosis.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2009
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