Obesity increases Kidney disease risks in Young Adults

Obesity increases Kidney disease risks in Young Adults

Young adults with abdominal obesity have the increased risks of chronic kidney disease, yet they’re unaware of such risks, researchers report.

Abdominal obesity or central obesity occurs when excessive abdominal fat stores around the stomach and abdomen, and this causes negative impact on your health. The elevated albumin levels or the chronic kidney disease typically occurs in older people, but the studies are showing that the disease can start much earlier, but may not be recognized early stages.

Dr Michal Melamed, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City has conducted the research study, where the team has analyzed data of approximately 7000 participants, aged 20 to 40, across the US, which was gathered between 1999 and 2010 by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The researchers found that 11 percent of obese have albuminuria, elevated levels of the protein albumin in the urine which refers that the kidneys are not in normal functioning, and they are at increased risk of developing CKD. CKD is the condition caused due to the gradual loss of kidney function over time.

Harini Sarathy, clinical researcher at the University of California said, “In this study we wanted to evaluate whether obesity is associated with CKD even in an otherwise healthy young adult population and to identify risk factors that may promote this association.”

The research team also found that major percentages of these young adults with albuminuria were unaware of the kidney disease. They suggested that doctors should be testing for kidney damage or risks of CSD as well, when examining the obese young adults

“Even though chronic kidney disease typically manifests in older people, the disease can start much earlier but often is not recognised early on,” said Michal L. Melamed.

“Since the cure options for CKD are inadequate, prevention is the effective measure for those who are at higher risk. Young adults should follow a healthy lifestyle to promote kidney health at their later stages of life,” Melamed further added.

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