Avoid junk food to keep your kidneys well

We have been told so many times not to eat junk food for maintaining our health. There are common side effects of eating junk food such as overweight and obesity. But few uncommon side effects of junk food are that it makes you prone to mental illness, it damages your digestive system, it makes you crave for more junk food and also leads you to heart diseases and other serious illness. Now one more reason is added to the list to avoid junk food. If you want to keep your kidneys in good and working condition for a long time then ditch the junk food option.

A new study said, eating junk foods such as burgers, pizzas, fries, biscuits, desserts and fizzy drinks may cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is frequently linked with obesity and the numbers of cases are rising all over the world at an alarming rate.

How Junk Food Affects the Kidneys

According to the researchers, in type 2 diabetes, the body does not generate enough insulin or does not react to it. This causes over storage of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Over a time, this excess storage turns into severe consequences for organs, including the kidneys, where it can lead to diabetic kidney disease.

Researchers said that finding a way to jam sugar reabsorption in the kidneys could give a potential treatment for reducing blood sugar levels.

For the study, researchers from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK used animal models of diabetes and models of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance to observe how insulin resistance and excessive sugar or fat affect glucose transporters in the kidney.

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The rats were given junk food consisting of cheese, biscuits, chocolate bars and marshmallows for eight weeks, or a rodent chow high in fat (containing 60 percent) for five weeks.

On the trial basis, researchers observed the effect of these foods on blood sugar levels and the different glucose transporters in the kidneys. The effects of these foods on the rats were compared with the alteration also seen in rat models of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers noted that particular types of glucose transporters (GLUT and SGLT), as well as their regulatory proteins, were present in a greater number in type 2 diabetic rats. But a diet with high fat and junk food caused a similar development in those receptors.

Experts on the findings:

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The lead researcher of the study, Havovi Chichger from Anglia Ruskin University said, “The Western diet contains more and more processed junk food and fat, and there is a well-established link between excessive consumption of this type of food and recent increases in the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

“In our study, type 1 and type 2 diabetes both induce changes in glucose transport in the kidney, but junk food or a diet high in fat causes changes that are very similar to those found in type 2 diabetes,” Chichger explained in a paper published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

She further added, “Understanding how diet can affect sugar handling in the kidneys and whether the inhibitors can reverse these changes could help to protect the kidneys from further damage.”

Until now we have only aware of that alcohol consumption can damage the kidneys, but now the junk foods are also dangerous.