Soft Drinks Linked to Poorer Kidney Function
FOX News has reported on two studies that suggest soft drinks may impede kidney function.
Soft Drinks and Proteinuria
- In one study, researchers with Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan observed the effects of soft drinks on university employees.
In the study, the roughly 8,000 employees were divided into three groups:
- The first group of 3,579 employees did not drink soft drinks.
- The second group of 3,055 employees drank one soft drink a day.
- The third group of 1,342 employees drank two soft drinks a day.
- Though all employees participating in the study had normal kidney function before study began, a 2.9 year follow-up determined that approximately 10.7 percent of those who drank two soft drinks a day developed proteinuria (and indicator of kidney dysfunction.)
- 8.9 percent of those who drank one soft drink a day developed proteinuria and 8.4 percent of employees who did not drink soft drinks developed the condiction.
Soft Drinks and Salt Regulation
- In a second study carried out by Case Western Research University, researchers observed the effects of fructose consumptions in rats.
- The study determined that rates that consumed fructose became more sensitive to the protein that helps to regulate salt.
- The researchers theorize that this protein sensitivity may lead to serious health conditions including kidney failure, hypertension and obesity, all of which carry an increased risk of death.
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