Obese kids at risk for kidney disease as adults

April 4, 2013, MedPage Today

By Charlene Laino

Avoiding excess weight gain in childhood and young adulthood could prevent many cases of chronic kidney disease later in life, researchers reported.

“A study of over 5,000 children born in 1946 found that more than one-third of chronic kidney disease cases at age 60 to 64 years in the United States could be avoided if nobody became overweight until at least that age,” reported Richard Silverwood, Ph.D., of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues.

The findings appear in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Continue reading