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Weight Loss and Your Kidneys

Around the new year, lots of us start thinking about our weight, but what many of us forget is to focus on our health. In the case of weight loss and kidney health, it is never too late to make a positive change. Being overweight or obese definitely puts a strain on our bodies, but many people don’t realize these risk factors for diseases can be greatly reduced with healthy weight loss.

Obesity significantly increases your chances for chronic kidney disease (CKD), an illness where the kidneys begin to fail and are unable to filter the blood properly. While there is no cure, medications can help manage symptoms. However, a number of healthy lifestyle choices also greatly improve the quality of life of someone with this disease. Specifically, losing weight has been clinically proven to not only prevent but also sometimes slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.

Being overweight can definitely contribute to bladder control issues, particularly stress incontinence. Excessive weight will put pressure on your abdomen and bladder even resulting in leakage. Losing weight can dramatically reduce episodes of incontinence.

Any time you choose to change your dietary habits, or introduce a new exercise regime, consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to work with you about lifestyle changes that will work with your body for the best results.

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