Kidney disease and constipation may be linked

Kidney diseaseA recent study suggests that individuals who suffer from constipation are more likely to develop kidney disease.

According to the study findings, the risk of kidney problems may be lowered by managing and treating constipation. The study looked at medical records of 3.5 million U.S. veterans with normal kidney function.


The researchers found that those with constipation had a 13 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease and nine percent higher risk of experiencing kidney failure. The severity of kidney disease increased with the severity of constipation.
Coauthor of the study Dr. Csaba Kovesdy explained, “Our findings highlight the plausible link between the gut and the kidneys and provide additional insights into the possible causes of kidney disease. Our results suggest the need for careful observation of kidney function trajectory in patients with constipation, particularly among those with more severe constipation.”

The findings were published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


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