Obesity Increases Kidney Disease Risk
Here’s another excellent reason to lose that spare tire around your middle: Abdominal obesity increases your chances of developing diabetic kidney disease. Chinese researchers recently conducted two studies of people with type 2 diabetes. One involved 1,016 people with chronic kidney disease in varying stages. The other followed 279 participants for six years, during which time 15 percent developed chronic kidney disease. In both studies, even after adjusting for other risk factors, such as a high body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat based on weight and height) and high blood pressure, belly fat stood out as a major culprit of this often-devastating disease. And the first study found a link between higher levels of belly fat and more-advanced kidney disease. The message: Lose weight and you may save your kidneys.
Source: Diabetes Care, October 2016