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  • Overweight men 45% more likely to have chronic kidney disease

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    Monday, October 31, 2005 4:14 am Email this article
    Being overweight increases the risk of chronic kidney disease by 45 percent in men according to a new study from researchers as Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. BMI of 26.6 or more versus 22.7 or less, increases risk 27%

    Men with a body mass index of 26.6 or greater were 45 percent more likely to have chronic kidney disease after fourteen years compared to lean men with a BMI of 22.7 or less.

    Gaining 10% increases risk 27%

    Men who gained ten percent or more were 27 percent more likely to have chronic kidney disease than men who’s weight stayed within five percent.


    “In this large [group] of initially healthy men, BMI was associated significantly with increased risk for [chronic kidney disease] after 14 years,” the researchers concluded.


    Gelber R, Kurth T, Kausz A, Manson J, Buring J, Levey A, Gaziano JM. Association between body mass index and ckd in apparently healthy men. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005 Nov, 46(5):871-80.


    Divisions of Aging and Preventive Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital and
    Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention
    Harvard Medical School

    Department of Epidemiology
    Harvard School of Public Health

    Division of Nephrology
    Department of Medicine
    Tufts-New England Medical Center
    Tufts University School of Medicine

    Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center
    Boston VA Healthcare System
    Boston, MA.

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