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Body shape can determine kidney disease

Body shape can determine kidney disease

People with apple shaped bodies tend to have lower kidney function and higher blood pressure within the kidneys that those with pear shaped bodies.

The finding may help to explain why the apple shaped people are likely than the pear shaped ones to develop kidney disease.

Apple shaped people have fat concentrated mostly around their abdomen.

Even when they are totally healthy and have normal blood pressure, scientists have found they have a higher blood pressure in their kidneys.

When they are overweight and obese, this pressure increases even further.

It is thought this elevated pressure may be responsible for their greater risk of developing kidney disease in later live.

Previous studies have shown that high blood pressure in the kidneys can be treated through salt restriction or with drugs.

The scientists from the University Medical Centre in Groningen in the Netherlands,  concluded that seeing the relationship between the pressure and kidney disease could point to interventions to prevent it.

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

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