A team of researchers from the Memphis VA Medical Center and the Tennessee Health Science Center has discovered that there is a link between constipation and kidney disease.
According to this study, patients who wrestle with constipation have greater chances to develop a kidney-related condition than patients who don’t have this issue.
To ascertain whether there is indeed a connection between the two afflictions, the team of scientists studied the medical files of over 3 million veterans. The team declared that all case files indicated that the study subjects had normal kidney functions at the beginning of the study.
The researchers tracked down the evolution of the patients’ condition from 2004 to 2006 and from 2006 to 2013.
As the team of researchers pointed out, the results of their study were most intriguing. The study revealed that patients with constipation were thirteen percent more likely to develop a condition called chronic kidney disease. In addition, according to the same study, the same patients were nine percent more likely to develop kidney failure.
Furthermore, it would seem that the severity of constipation was linked to higher chances of developing a kidney-related disease.
Dr. Csaba Kovesdy, the study’s co-author and a professor of Medicine, explained that the study indeed suggests that there is a strong link between what goes on in our gut and the health of our kidneys. However, Kovesdy admitted that the study has some limitations, meaning that there’s no definitive link between renal functions and constipations.
Another point that reinforces the idea that the study might be on the wrong track is its quota sample. For this study, the team of researcher selected US veterans with ages over 60, an age mainly attributed to the declination of many of our body’s function, kidneys included.
Of course, at this point, Dr. Kovesdy and his team have admitted that more research is necessary to determine whether there is indeed a link between the two conditions or the results have been negatively influenced by the quota sample.
In any case, if the link were to be established, the study co-author said that kidney failure could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes and probiotics treatments.
The study and its results have been published on the 10th of November in JASN (Journal of the American Society of Nephrology).
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