Adult Kidney Failure Tied to Excess Weight As a Teen
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Click the link above to read about the results of a new study showing that being overweight or obese as a teen is tied to higher risk of kidney failure by midlife.

The study points to yet another looming consequence of the childhood obesity epidemic -- growing ranks of adults who will need dialysis or transplants to replace their ailing kidneys.

Do you think your kidney problems could be associated with weight issues as a teen?

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mrscora01 responded:
Interesting link. Thanks Haylen. In my case, it was many decades of type 1 diabetes. Currently 50% of new dialysis patients have diabetes. Since obesity is often tied to type 2, and this is being seen more often in teens than it used to be, this sounds like a double whammy for the kidney population.

dougdog responded:
I've had cystine kidney stones for 52 years (I'm 58). Weight has never been an issue for me. What type of stones are you talking about? Does the stones' composition make a difference?
john-skpt responded:
In my case at least, weight was not a factor. (I was a teen long before this recent, actually very recent, obesity epidemic arose.)

I weighed 120 pounds in high school, and I still weigh 120 pounds today. (I'm only 5'5" tall.)

So in my case I think that we need to chalk it up to 30 years of Type I diabetes and the slowly fluctuating blood glucose levels that come with that.

(BTW: The University of Minnesota began a study a few years ago searching for some genetic basis that might determine which diabetics get renal disease early, and which diabetics develop renal disease later or not at all. I participated in that study a decade ago, but I never found the final result of the data that was collected.)
john-skpt replied to john-skpt's response:
I found a link to one of the above referenced study's papers:

Full Ttext in PDF format: html

Abstract in HTML:;17/7/1782
mrscora01 replied to john-skpt's response:
John, was this the GOKIND study? I participated too and read a preliminary paper, but without much conclusions.