How Losing Weight Can Protect Your Kidney Health

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Weight loss with bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise has plenty of health benefits to offer. Not only can maintaining a healthy weight reduce your risk of diabetes, but it can also help support your kidney health. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products out of the blood so that they may be released through urination. When chronic kidney disease (CKD) develops, waste levels build up in the bloodstream. Eventually, CKD may lead to kidney failure, at which point you may require an organ transplant.

Causes of CKD

Obesity can increase your risk of developing CKD in an indirect fashion. Individuals who are obese are more likely to develop high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These health problems are the major risk factors of CKD. Obesity can even increase your risk of CKD in a more direct manner. Individuals who have a high body mass index (BMI) have metabolic demands that are higher than average. This means that the kidneys must engage in hyperfiltration, or excessive filtering activities, to fulfill the body’s needs. When the kidneys are placed under this extra strain, it increases the risk of CKD.

Prevention of CKD

Just as obesity can increase the risk of CKD, losing weight may help prevent it. If you’re concerned about your weight, you may wish to consider talking to a physician at your local hospital about a healthy weight loss program. Your physician may advise you to follow a balanced diet and to practice portion control. Increasing your physical activity can also help you achieve a healthy weight.

Surgery for Weight Loss

Many people have trouble maintaining weight loss through diet and exercise alone. If this describes you, you may be a good candidate for a bariatric weight loss procedure. Bariatric weight loss may improve your health in a number of ways, including supporting your kidney health.

If you wish to explore whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, reach out to the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Consult-A-Nurse referral line, which is available at (951) 788-3000, can put you in touch with a Bariatric Coordinator at our community hospital. Our hospital in Riverside also offers an exceptional organ transplant program at our Kidney Transplant Center.

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