High-fat diet is awful, but it may reverse diabetes-related kidney damage

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

A high-fat “ketogenic” diet may reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PLoS One reports.

Past research has shown that lowering blood sugar through diet can prevent kidney failure but not reverse it in patients with diabetes.  Lead author Charles Mobbs, a neuroscientist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that this study — in which mice were fed a high-fat diet of 5% carbohydrate, 8% protein and a whopping 87% fat — was the first to show that dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse kidney failure caused by diabetes.