Obesity in Young Age Risk of Kidney Disease

Overweight and obesity have been associated with various diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and some other diseases. According to recent studies, obesity from youth also may increase the risk of kidney disease.

A new study analyzed long-term data on more than 4,600 people in the UK who were born in March 1946. The participants had a body mass index varied, namely 20, 26, 36, 43, 53, 60, and 64. Body mass index is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. Body mass index above 29 is considered obese.

The participants who are overweight to obesity at a young age or the age of 26 or 36 have an increased risk of chronic kidney disease was higher in the age 60 to 64 years. The risk compared with those who were not obese at a young age and in old age.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, has a waist-hip ratio greater during middle age is also associated with chronic kidney disease at the age of 60 to 64 years.

The researchers concluded that 36 percent of the risk of chronic kidney disease at the age of 60 to 64 years can be prevented if you avoid obesity until they reach that age.

"This is the first reporting how old are obese may be able to influence the risk of kidney disease," said study author dr. Dorothea Nitsch from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

However, it remains unclear obesity at a young age definitely cause chronic kidney disease in old age. But researchers believe the risk of chronic kidney disease will be even greater if it were obese at a young age.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1.4 billion adults are overweight in 2008, including 500 million of whom are obese.