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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