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New Study Finds That High Temperature Might Contribute to Kidney Diseases

Chronic kidney disease is a slow and progressive loss of kidney function over a period of several years. Eventually, a person will develop permanent kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, chronic renal disease, or chronic kidney failure, is much more widespread than people realize; it often goes undetected and undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced.

Extreme Temperature and Kidney Disease Link

Extremely high temperatures over many consecutive days have been linked to an increase in renal disease in several cities. This is becoming increasingly relevant with heatwaves becoming longer, more intense, and more frequent with climate change. This study aimed to extend the known relationship between daily temperature and kidney disease to include the incidence of eight temperature-prone specific renal disease categories – total renal disease, urolithiasis, renal failure, acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD), urinary tract infections (UTIs), lower urinary tract infections (LUTIs) and pyelonephritis.

Today the world’s largest study of the impact of temperature changes and kidney disease reveals that 7.4 percent of all hospitalizations for renal disease can be attributed to an increase in temperature. In Brazil where the study was focused this equated to more than 202,000 cases of kidney disease from 2000-2015.

The study, led by Professor Yuming Guo and Dr. Shanshan Li, from Planetary Health at Monash University and published in The Lancet Regional Health – America's journal, for the first time quantifies the risk and attributable burden for hospitalizations of renal diseases related to ambient temperature using daily hospital admission data from 1816 cities in Brazil.

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Some risk factors for kidney disease such as age, race, or family history are impossible to control. However, there are measures you can take to help prevent kidney disease:

(a) Drink plenty of water.

(b) Control blood sugar if you have diabetes.

(c) Control blood pressure.

(d) Reduce salt intake.

(e) Quit smoking.

 

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