What Causes Kidney Damage?
Some of the things that can be cause kidney damage are:
Using Artificial Sweeteners can cause kidney function to decline. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and fructose are hidden in multiple foods and drinks, especially diet drinks.
Research supports a causal role of sugar in several kidney disease risk factors, including increasing serum uric acid levels, diabetes, and obesity. There is no evidence that sucrose is any safer for the kidney than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because both are similar in composition. Individuals who consume a diet high in artificially sweetened drinks are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function, according to a paper presented at the American Society of Nephrology’ annual meeting in San Diego, California.
Too Much Caffeine can harm your kidneys. Caffeine is a substance found in coffee, teas, chocolates and even in some medications.
It has many effects on the body’s metabolism, including stimulating the central nervous system. Caffeine can place a strain on your kidneys. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can stimulate blood flow, increasing blood pressure and stress on the kidneys. A 2002 study in Kidney International showed that long-term caffeine consumption exacerbated chronic kidney failure in obese and diabetic rats (1). Caffeine consumption has also been linked to kidney stone formation by increasing calcium excretion in urine (2).
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) We’re all aware of the concerns about genetically modified foods, but to top off your worries, studies have shown that these genetically modified foods are able to cause kidney and liver damages.
The research on genetically modified foods showed that, animals who are fed on the “advanced” crops appeared to have signs of organ damages within 3 months. According to the experiment, rats which ate the GM maize had statistically significant signs of liver and kidney damage. Each strain was linked to unusual concentrations of hormones in the blood and urine of rats fed the maize for three months, compared to rats given a non-GM diet. The result is the former rats show a less kidney and liver functions than that of latter rats.
Too Much Salt It’s no secret that foods high in sodium are not good for you, but did you know they are bad for your kidneys?
A high salt diet will alter this sodium balance, causing the kidneys to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in higher blood pressure. This puts strain on the kidneys and can lead to kidney disease. A high salt intake has been shown to increase the amount of protein in the urine which is a major risk factor for the decline of kidney function. There is also increasing evidence that a high salt intake may increase deterioration of kidney disease in people already suffering from kidney problems.
NSAIDS Pain and fever medications aren’t good for any part of your body, especially your kidneys.
Both over-the-counter and prescription pain medications can damage and reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are a main culprit. As many as 1 to 3 percent of new cases of chronic kidney failure each year may be caused by pain medication overuse (3).
Aside from these, other factors that are damaging to your kidneys are smoking, having a magnesium deficiency, not drinking enough water, holding your urine for long periods of times, consuming too much protein, alcohol consumption, and even lack of exercise. Make sure you’re avoiding these things so that your kidneys can continue to function well.
To read more of the research details please refer to the resource article: Habits That Damage Your Kidneys
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