Constipation Increases Risk Of Kidney Disease: Study

Posted: Nov 15 2016, 6:21am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Constipation Increases Risk of Kidney Disease: Study
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  • Constipation Associated With Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) Risk
 

A novel study which took place recently showed that if you are constipated, you may get kidney disease too with the passage of time.

This may not sound very pretty to begin with but constipation increases your risk of chronic kidney disease. In the study which took place, the health statistics of 3.5 million veterans were examined.

Whether they were constipated or used laxatives on a regular basis was also noted down. Those with constipation suffered greater chances of contracting chronic kidney disease and kidney failure than the rest of the population.  

Also the greater the fecal impaction in the digestive tract, the higher the risk of later on suffering from chronic kidney disease, according to LiveScience. It hardly comes as a surprise. Erstwhile studies have also linked constipation to CV issues.

The same physiological and biochemical routes, through which constipation causes CV disease, are responsible for chronic kidney disease. The crux of the matter may be the gut microbiome.

Constipation is a sign of changes in the gut bacteria. The alteration in gut microbiology may also cause among other things, inflammation which is seen in obesity.  

The researchers are still working on the case. They haven’t found the exact connecting agents or organs that link constipation and kidney disease. The transformed gut bacteria may cause the food to move at a slower rate through the intestines.

This in turn may lead to inflammation and hence ultimately kidney disease. Constipation is a disease of civilization like appendicitis, obesity, cancer and cardiac arrest.

It afflicts 30% of the population at some stage in their lives. The most common condition found in patients who are given primary care, constipation is extremely painful and a nuisance in everyday life.

The senescent and women are the most likely to suffer from constipation. While in some cases, constipation directly caused kidney disease, in others, it indirectly leads to the same ailment.

A lot more digging for clues needs to be done before we have the final answer. The verdict for now remains undecided. Other ways to treat constipation, rather than relying on laxatives, may come in handy in the future.

These include probiotics or a fiber-rich nutritional strategy. The fact that laxatives are trouble in the long run, since they cause dehydration, remains of key significance in all this. Furthermore, the study did have its limitations. More research will elucidate the matter in a better way in the future.

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