A team of researchers from the Memphis VA Medical Center and the Center for Health Science has discovered that there’s a strong link between constipation and kidney-related problems.
In order to make this determination, the researchers had to study the health records of over 3 million US veterans. Csaba Kovesdy, the study’s senior author, explained that during the study he and his team uncovered a strong connection between constipation and kidney disease.
More specifically, the MD declared that patients who suffer from constipation have an increased chance of developing the kidney-related disease than patients who do not suffer from the condition. Furthermore, the doctor added that the severity of the first condition determines the severity of the latter.
For instance, patients with constipation have an increased chance of developing chronic kidney disease, and a smaller one to experience renal failure. In addition, the more severe the case, the more likely to develop renal failure.
According to the numbers, patients with constipation have 13 percent more chances to develop chronic kidney disease and 9 percent more likely to experience renal failure. As Kovesdy pointed out, the numbers can go even higher depending on how severe the condition is.
When asked about the study, the researchers said that they are not surprised by their findings. Moreover, as the lead author declared, the gut microbiome plays a very important role and controls many bodily processes such as inflammation.
Past studies, the senior researcher added, revealed a link between the gut microbiome and various cardiovascular issues. One possible explanation that may account for the link between constipation and kidney disease is that the gut bacteria that cause the condition might force food to pass at a slower pace through the digestive tract.
This, in turn, can cause inflammation, a condition which might contribute to the onset of kidney disease. Still, the researcher involved in the project are reluctant in saying that this is how things work, thus acknowledging the study’s limitations.
However, as doctor Kovesdy pointed out, if their findings are confirmed, then new types of therapies can be developed. For example, a doctor can reduce his patient’s risk of chronic kidney disease or kidney failure by suggesting drastic lifestyle changes and by prescribing probiotics.
For now, the team is investigation all possible avenues in order to confirm if there’s a causal link between the two conditions.
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