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Early Obesity Linked to Kidney Disease


9785097_sNew research indicates that obesity in childhood and young adolescent years could increase your risk of kidney disease as an adult.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, reported that people who were overweight around the ages of 26 to 36 were twice as likely to have chronic kidney disease (CKD) by the time they were 60 to 64 compared to those who did not put on weight until later in life or not at all.

The findings suggest that avoiding excess weight gain in childhood and young adulthood could have a considerable impact on the numbers falling ill with kidney problems later in life. The findings come at a time when obesity among both children and adults has reached epidemic proportions. In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide were overweight, with approximately 500 million of them being obese, according to the World Health Organization.

While other studies have suggested an association between being obese and kidney disease, the British researchers went a step further to determine the impact of becoming overweight and the duration of obesity on kidney disease risk.

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