Current and past research has shown that being overweight can put you at a higher risk for kidney problems. And if you are already suffering from kidney problems, losing weight can improve your kidney functions. The study below highlights the positives of losing weight if you have or are at risk for kidney disease.
Kidney Disease and Weight Loss Study
In January 2014 a UC San Francisco-led research of about 2,900 people found a link between obesity and the emergence of kidney disease and other kidney problems. The research also shows that a loss in kidney function is detectable way before the emergence of other obesity linked illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes.
Healthy kidneys are key to the adequate functioning of the brain, heart, as well as the immune systems and skeletal system. The study invites doctors to let their patients know as early as possible about the imminent dangers of obesity as it relates to kidney disease.
Vanessa Grubbs Medical Doctor and first author of the new study says the following: “We are getting larger at younger and ages, so the problems we will see that are purely related to obesity are going to become more common and will start earlier in life.”
In the study published online in The American Journal of Kidney, Dr. Diseases Vanessa Grubbs, M.D. and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, who is a senior author and professor of medicine, led a team that looked into 10 years worth of health data from Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA), a large national research project that has monitored the health of thousands of white and black young adults since the early 1985’s.
The authors stated: “When we took into account high blood pressure, diabetes, and inflammatory processes, the body mass index was still a predictor of kidney function decline, just being too large that in and of itself affected kidney function even before the onset of kidney problems and disease,” said Dr. Grubbs.
The CARDIA dataset is in the 10th year of the study, Researchers began checking kidney function by a blood test called cystatin C rather than by using the more common measure of creatinine levels. Cystatin C levels is a more sensitive marker of subtle changes in kidney function, even when they occur within what doctors consider to be the normal range.
What this study tell us is if you are overweight losing weight will prevent kidney problems and past research has shown us, that by losing weight you can improve your kidney function when having kidney disease.
Here are 9 Weight Loss Tips to Help You Improve Your Kidney Disease
- Order salad dressing on the side. Dip your fork in the salad dressing; then spear a lettuce leaf to save 3 to 5 teaspoons of fat.
- Drink water instead of soda or other sugary beverages
- Start exercising slowly and build your way to at least 30 minutes a day.
- Eat slowly and chew each mouthful of food 20 to 30 times.
- Increase fiber intake to 25 grams per day from fruits and vegetables
- Avoid creamed, fried, scalloped, au gratin, or battered vegetables—instead, try steaming, stewing, or boiling them, and seasoning with fresh herbs, Mrs. Dash®, lemon juice, or vinegar.
- Eat regular meals and avoid overeating
- Don’t confuse thirst with hunger. Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if that’s what you’re really craving.
- Do your grocery shopping with a list and a time limit; that way, you’re less likely to stray into the processed foods section.
Kidney problems can be treated by losing weight, and hopefully this article showed you how to improve your kidney problems. Discover more by visiting healkidneydisease.com and watch a free video that highlights 7 tips to a better kidney health.