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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.

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.

The pilot study conducted at the Royal London Hospital, 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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