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Obesity and Prehypertension Lead to Kidney Disease

Posted Jul 23 2009 12:00am

Do you have prehypertension? What is that, you ask? That is blood pressure that is defined as systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or diastolic BP of 80 to 89 mm Hg. Chances are many of you fall into that category. Should you be alarmed? Studies from the United States and Asia have shown that prehypertension can increase the risk of serious kidney disease and more than 30 percent of the US and European populations can be classified as prehypertensive. Two new large 20-year studies by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) looked at weight and blood pressure effects. Result showed that prehypertension can further increase the risk of kidney disease in those that have a BMI of over 30 and are considered obese. Obesity is also known to lead kidney disease and death from chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a result of diabetes and hypertension. These increased risks have led medical researchers to consider whether people with prehypertension should be considered for treatment if they have other cardiovascular risks, such as obesity. If you are overweight and have blood pressure in the indicated range, talk to your doctor.

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