Obesity a strong factor in developing kidney disease

OBESITY poses a huge threat in the development of kidney disease. Experts say that there is a strong link between the development of kidney disease and obesity.

“Our kidneys are one of those things we take for granted until we’re diagnosed with kidney problems only then do we start being more careful,” said Gopalan Gounden, a 62 year-old former police officer who says he had to retire due to health problems. Gounden suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease, a hereditary illness. He urged people to take care of their body’s organs. “When you have be placed on dialysis, like me, the machine only removes certain toxins from your body, so you have to take various injections as well. Dialysis is not a replacement for all the work which your kidneys naturally do for you.”

Risk factors

Obesity increases the risk of developing factors associated with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and hypertension. These risk factors have a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease. This is because in individuals affected by obesity, the kidneys have to work harder to filter more blood than normal to meet the metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in function can damage the kidney and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term.
The kidneys are an essential organ to the human body. They remove toxins and excess water from the blood. Kidneys also help to control blood pressure, produce red blood cells and keep bones healthy.

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