A new study has revealed a link between climate change and kidney disease. The findings suggest that global warming may be increasing incidences of kidney disease. The study showed that heat stress-related chronic kidney disease is on the rise in rural areas located in hot climates. This risk has increased with global warming and rising temperatures, and agricultural workers are most affected by this rise.
Furthermore, a decrease in rain could also be contributing to the growing kidney disease epidemic due to reduced water supply and quality.
Study co-leader Dr. Richard Johnson said, “We were able to connect increased rates of chronic kidney disease in different areas to an underlying mechanism – heat stress and dehydration – and to climate. A new type of kidney disease, occurring throughout the world in hot areas, is linked with temperature and climate, and may be one of the first epidemics due to global warming.”
The researchers suggest that governments need to implement appropriate policies in order to combat global warming.
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