Weight Determines Kidney Function

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Weight Determines Kidney Function

December 16, 2013

Heavier people have worse kidney health, compared with people of normal weight, according to a new study published by the National Kidney Foundation. Researchers followed 2,839 young adults with normal kidney function and found that overweight individuals were more likely to have reduced kidney function over the 10 years of follow-up. At the start of the study, participants who fell into higher weight categories also had more diabetes and higher cholesterol, blood pressure, and c-reactive protein (a measure of inflammation and a predictor of kidney disease) levels.

Grubbs V, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, et al. Body mass index and early kidney function decline in young adults: a longitudinal analysis of the CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) Study. Am J Kidney Dis. Published ahead of print November 29, 2013.

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