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Constipation increases risk of kidney disease

Constipation increases risk of kidney disease

Suffering from constipation increases the risk of kidney disease, experts warn.

Scientists have found those who experience the bowel condition are 13 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with the illness, which negatively affects the performance of the organs.

A team from the University of Tennessee studied over 3.5 million U.S. veterans with normal kidney function in 2004, with a follow up in 2006 and a final check seven years after that. Those patients who reported moderate constipation were more likely to develop the disease by 13 per cent, and had a nine per cent higher risk of their kidneys failing. Meanwhile, those who were severely constipated had even higher chances of both kidney disease and failure.

Researchers believe diagnosing constipation early could help doctors prevent the health problems and suggest a diet full of more fibre and exercise will also help the levels of dialysis or transplant needed. Fibre helps regulate the bowel.

“Our findings highlight the plausible link between the gut and the kidneys and provide additional insights into the pathogenesis of kidney disease progression,” lead researcher Dr. Csaba Kovesdy said.

“Our results suggest the need for careful observation of kidney function trajectory in patients with constipation, particularly among those with more severe constipation.”

There are various causes for constipation, whether its lack of fibre, stress or a side effect of certain medication. The symptoms include being unable to pass stools, stomach cramps and aches, feeling sick or bloated and loss of appetite. It’s thought to affect one in seven adults, and should be treated as quickly as possible, whether it’s through over-the-counter treatment or seeing your doctor.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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