Aim: The role of caloric restriction in the improvement of renal function following bariatric surgery is still unclear; with some evidence showing that calorie restriction can reduce proteinuria. However, data on the impact of caloric restriction on renal function are still lacking.
Methods: Renal function, as measured by glomerular filtration rate (GFR), was evaluated in 14 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, morbid obesity and stage 2 chronic kidney disease before and after a 7-day very low-calory diet (VLCD).
Results: After the VLCD, both GFR and overall glucose disposal (M value) significantly increased from 72.6 ± 3.8 mL/min/1.73 m(-2) BSA to 86.9 ± 6.1 mL/min/1.73 m(-2) BSA (P=0.026) and from 979 ± 107 μmol/min(1)/m(2) BSA to 1205 ± 94 μmol/min(1)/m(2) BSA (P=0.008), respectively. A significant correlation was observed between the increase in GFR and the rise in M value (r=0.625, P=0.017).
Conclusion: Our observation of improved renal function following acute caloric restriction before weight loss became relevant suggesting that calory restriction per se is able to affect renal function.
Keywords: Caloric restriction; Diabetes mellitus; Glomerular filtration rate; Morbid obesity.
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