Nutrients 2016 12 218(12) pii E811
BACKGROUND AND AIM
The association of habitual intakes of dietary nitrate (NO₃(-)) and nitrite (NO₂(-)) with blood pressure and renal function is not clear. Here, we investigated a potential effect of dietary NO₃(-) and NO₂(-) on the occurrence of hypertension (HTN) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
A total of 2799 Iranian adults aged ≥20 years, participating in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study (TLGS), were included and followed for a median of 5.8 years. Dietary intakes of NO₃(-) and NO₂(-) were estimated using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Demographics, anthropometrics, blood pressure and biochemical variables were evaluated at baseline and during follow-up examinations. To identify the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) of HTN and CKD across tertile categories of residual energy-adjusted NO₃(-) and NO₂(-) intakes, multivariate logistic regression models were used.
Dietary intake of NO₃(-) had no significant association with the risk of HTN or CKD. Compared to the lowest tertile category (median intake < 6.04 mg/day), the highest intake (median intake ≥ 12.7 mg/day) of dietary NO₂(-) was accompanied with a significant reduced risk of HTN, in the fully adjusted model (OR = 0.58, 95% CI = 0.33-0.98; p for trend = 0.054). The highest compared to the lowest tertile of dietary NO₂(-) was also accompanied with a reduced risk of CKD (OR = 0.50, 95% CI = 0.24-0.89, p for trend = 0.07). CONCLUSION
Our findings indicated that higher intakes of NO₂(-) might be an independent dietary protective factor against the development of HTN and CKD, which are major risk factors for adverse cardiovascular events.