Apple-shaped people risk kidney disease

High blood pressure in the kidneys of people with apple-shaped bodies may put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease later in life, according to a new study.

The study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) suggests that these individuals may benefit from treatments that reduce kidney blood pressure. People with “apple-shaped” bodies — when fat is concentrated mostly in the abdominal area — are more likely than those with “pear-shaped” bodies to develop kidney disease. To study the issue, Arjan Kwaker-naak, from University Medical Center Groningen, in The Netherlands and his colleagues looked for links between waist-to-hip ratio, which reflects central body fat distribution, and kidney measures in 315 healthy individuals.

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