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A new study determined that constipation may be a possible link to future CKD problems as a severe such affection may be a sign of the chronic kidney disease.
The research was led by the University of Tennessee Health Science and also Memphis VA Medical Centers MD, Csaba Kovesdy, and was released in the JASN or Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
The study results were based on data gathered from about 3.5 million United States veteran residents of which most were men with an average age of 60 years old, a quarter of which were also diabetic.
Data gathering began in 2004 and continued actively until 2006 as the test participants were then followed up until 2013.
The results of the research showed that the participants suffering from severe constipation had a 13 percent chance of also developing the CKD or chronic kidney disease as opposed to the participants with no such constipation problems.
CKD is a progressive disease which manifests at the kidney level as they start losing function over a period of years or even months.
The CKD problem is more likely to appear in people that have registered cases of the disease in the family, or that suffer from diabetes or have high blood pressure levels.
CKD symptoms include a poor appetite,energy loss, sleeping problems, nightly muscle cramps, an increase in the need to urinate, dry and itchy skin, puffy eyes, and swollen ankles and feet.
Complications of the disease could lead to anemia, pericarditis osteodystrophy, or cardiovascular diseases.
According to the aforementioned Kovesdy, the possible link between constipation and the CKD problems was not an unexpected discovery as previous studies have also hinted at a possible connection.
A number of other studies had already proven the connection between cardiovascular outcomes and gut problems, with the current study also highlighting the relation between the gut and one’s kidneys.
The findings could also prove to be helpful in determining the progression of the CKD problem and also its possible telling signs.
As the study suggests, a better diagnosis or management of the constipation cases could prove to be beneficial in preventing or even treating chronic kidney disease.
The team of researchers will be continuing their studies so as to determine if a direct link between the two affection does, in fact, exist.
Their research could prove to be of vital importance in managing the CKD problem as a better understanding of its causes may lead to a more efficient treatment.
For example, if constipation is determined to be amongst the causes of CKD, doctors may chose different treatments of the former affections as they would then limit the prescription of laxatives.
As the current study had both its participant range limitations and was also only observational, further research will focus on determining the cause-effect relation between the two and will try to find the exact reasons that connect constipation to CKD problems.
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