Obesity and Kidney Disease
March is National Kidney Month, and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is reminding Americans to be aware of their risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over 30 million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease and some are not even aware of their condition because symptoms may not appear until the disease advances.
Many people do not realize there is a correlation between obesity and Chronic Kidney Disease. Indirectly, obesity is a risk factor for Chronic Kidney Disease because it heightens the risk of acquiring Diabetes or High Blood Pressure, the two most common causes of kidney disease which can lead to kidney failure. A more direct cause is that the kidneys must work harder, a condition referred to as hyperfiltration, while filtering the blood in individuals with a higher BMI (Body Mass Index).
In addition, Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors which raise the likelihood of significant health problems like Chronic Kidney Disease. Obesity in itself is one of the main causes of Metabolic Syndrome. Alarming statistics show that Metabolic Syndrome increases the chances of developing kidney disease by 20 to 30%. Sadly, this syndrome is found in 60% of people who are considered obese.
Some indicators of Metabolic Syndrome are:
- Possessing high amounts of fat located in the midsection of the body
- Excessive waist circumference
- High levels of triglycerides in the blood
- Low amounts of HDL (the “good” cholesterol)
- Blood sugar levels that are too high, even when fasting
To drive home the seriousness of Metabolic Syndrome, be cognizant of the fact that even if medication successfuly regulates blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol, the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease is still present. Even more sobering is the fact that Metabolic Syndrome heightens the potential for end-stage renal disease in patients who currently have CKD, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Reduce Risk for Obesity-Related Kidney Disease
Research proves that losing weight via diet, physical activity, or bariatric surgery can preserve existing kidney function and even prevent kidney disease. Slimming down can also slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in people who have been confirmed to have the condition.
Lose Weight for Healthy Kidneys
Anyone affected by obesity should learn about the benefits of weight loss and how it can prevent conditions which can lead to Chronic Kidney Disease. Persons who currently have CKD should never embark on a diet program without consulting a physician first, as many of the well-known high-protein diets can be detrimental to kidney function and possibly lead to dangerously high levels of ketones in the blood.
The Bariatric Experts offers nutritional coaching and diet plans to ensure a safe approach to significant weight-loss. To learn if you are at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease and to take the first step in your weight loss journey and a healthier lifestyle, contact The Bariatric Experts today to schedule an appointment.