More than a third of US adults are either obese or overweight. Weight loss can help improve a number of health problems; for example, it can improve control of diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce the effects of heart disease and in some cases even reverse kidney disease.
A large number of metabolic processes rely on the work of the kidneys. If your kidneys fail to function appropriately, it may lead to cause an imbalance in your protein metabolism and energy. The content of salts and fluids in the body is adversely affected. Advanced kidney disease may then result in serious complications such as weight loss, acidosis, and fluid retention in organs and tissue.
You may call us crazy to think that losing weight could help reverse kidney disease, but in reality, it’s a potential scenario that nobody talks about. The study that is referenced in the video was conducted by Nature of News Nephrology where they break down how bariatric surgery could treat chronic kidney disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Bariatric surgery is an operation that assists your weight loss by modifying your digestive system. Different types of bariatric surgery include making your stomach smaller, encouraging you to eat and drink less and make you feel full sooner.
How Effective can Weight Loss be?
People dealing with underlying kidney disease and those who encounter abnormal kidney function may improve their kidney function by weight loss. Shedding a couple of pounds has also been associated to improve renal function, decreased proteinuria, glomerular hyperfiltration and inflammation, and improved blood pressure and glucose control. Moderate weight loss with diet and exercise is linked with improved GFR.
Weight loss has a lot to do with what you eat and it has a moderate amount of calories. If you’re under a renal diet, you’re probably at restricting calorie levels due to the food types in a renal diet. You can also trick yourself to eat less by using smaller plates.
Drinking enough water every day and going out for a jog on a regular basis may help lose some pounds. Biking could be a new habit if you’re into that. Try to reduce your calorie intake and increase your activity.
Overall, losing weight may preserve kidney function in obese people dealing with kidney disease and could be an important step to protect their health. Give yourself 60 to 90 days to see effective results.
Following your diet and being consistent in your workouts should be on your list. It is important to take care of your body and follow up with your nutritionist before making diet changes.
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