Air pollution’s many woes

There is credible and good evidence that polluted air increases the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma as well as organ inflammation, a worsening of diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. But new research suggests air pollution can also fuel something else: chronic kidney disease, or CKD, which occurs when a person’s kidneys become damaged or cannot filter blood properly. A recent study highlights the lesser-known connection. Similar to smoking, air pollution contains toxins that can directly affect the kidneys. Kidneys have a large volume of blood flowing through them, and if anything harms the circulatory system, the kidneys will be the first to sense those effects. People with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at increased risk of developing CKD. The findings have been published in PLOS ONE.

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