Obesity potent risk factor for kidney disease

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Obesity potent risk factor for kidney disease

26 million American adults have kidney disease-and most aren't aware of it. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.

Therefore, it is important to see your doctor early and know the best ways to prevent kidney disease. When this occurs, kidneys can longer do their important work.

"Kidney disease is known as the silent disease and there is no outwards signs and symptoms - they're very subtle", she said. Some of these conditions are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), polycystic kidney disease, Urinary tract infections, etc.

Exercise regularly, eat healthy and keep your weight under control to keep a check on obesity, which is the majorly responsible for kidney disease, says a health expect, while spreading awareness on World Kidney day.

"Kidney disease is often a combination of factors".

Kenneth Hallows, MD, PhD, is director of the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center, chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Keck Medicine of USC and professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. These stages are determined by the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of the kidneys - which essentially is a measure of how quickly the kidneys filter waste products out of the blood. Now there is a ray of hope in the form of artificial kidney for such patients. Fortunately, it's easy to "Heart Your Kidneys" by staying informed and taking action toward a healthy lifestyle that helps protect them. Improvements in this realm could provide an avenue to restoring function within a failing kidney.

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to cure chronic kidney disease, as the condition is associated with scarring in the kidneys that can not be removed or replaced.

Any type of kidney disease can reduce the efficiency of this filtration process.

Minister of Health and Seniors Jeanne Atherden said, "I really want to encourage everyone to choose healthy eating combined with more activity".

"Some of the deleterious renal consequences of obesity may be mediated by co-morbid conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, but there are also effects of adiposity that impact the kidneys directly resulting in pathological changes", said Dr Jha. This, accompanied by their support and funding of a constant stream of pioneering and ground breaking research projects, means that we are edging ever closer to the ultimate goal - to find a cure for kidney disease which could save thousands of lives across the United Kingdom every single year.

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