Obesity linked to kidney disease in old age, finds study

Weight gain during early adult years could increase the risk of developing kidney disease in later life, according to figures published by scotsman.com.

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

The researchers also found that having an apple-shaped body (with a larger waist-to-hip ratio) during middle-age is linked to kidney disease during the ages of 60 - 64.

However, the researchers noted it was a mystery as to whether the timing of weight gain or the length of time someone was overweight was behind the link with CKD.

Either way, those looking to avoid kidney disease may wish to start thinking about their current weight levels. Those looking to lose a few pounds may wish to try a number of avenues such as diet restrictions, exercise or even hypnotherapy courses whilst on the road to weight loss.

Speaking to medpagetoday.com, nephrologist Janice Lea MD, from Emory University in Atlanta, said: "Evidence is accumulating that obesity at younger ages is a clear factor for diabetes. What this means is that obese patients, whether diabetic or not, should be screened for kidney disease, starting with blood and urine workups."