Soy milk and diabetic nephropathy

A small study has produced interesting but not definitive results. Twenty-five patients with type 2 diabetes and nephropathy were randomised into two groups, to alternate a diet with either soy milk or cow’s milk for four weeks.

On the soy milk diet, participants showed a reduced level of serum D-dimer, which has been correlated with renal dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The authors concluded that dairy consumption should be limited in patients with diabetic nephropathy due to its high phosphorus content. Soy milk, by contrast, is low in phosphorus.

While previous research had shown some