World Kidney Day highlights link between obesity and chronic kidney disease

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Experts say the link between obesity and chronic kidney disease is not receiving the necessary attention.

While it is widely known that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and cancer, experts say the link between obesity and chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not being adequately highlighted.

The European Renal Association and the European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) said in a statement that despite the fact that obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks and even cancer, it has not really been linked with CKD, at least not in the public’s mind.

To mark World Kidney Day tomorrow (Thursday March 9), experts are calling for education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, and are advocating the promotion of healthy lifestyle and health policy measures.
Organisers say a growing body of evidence indicates that obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of CKD and end-stage renal disease. Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of developing kidney stones and even kidney cancer. It has also been reported that acute kidney injury occurs more frequently in obese people.
CKD is predicted to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade and is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a global public health issue.

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