March Research and News

We combed through multiple medical journals looking for the latest research on Integrative approach to kidney health. We know your time is valuable so we curated and summarized these studies for you. Welcome to the InKidney March Research and News.

March Research and News

Air pollution is linked to kidney disease

PM 2.5  refers to particulate matters that are up to 2.5 microns in size. Because of their small size, they are considered to be the worst of all air pollutants. They reach the alveoli and enter the blood stream. This study looked at the link between PM 2.5 and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Twin-cities area of Minnesota. Researchers found that the risk of CKD increases with higher levels of PM 2.5. This remained true after adjusting to all other variable.

It is, therefore, important to think of air pollution as a mediator of CKD and minimize exposure to it.

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A Study reaffirms the role of the gut kidney connection in diabetic kidney disease

You know we discussed the role of the gut-kidney connection in the progression of CKD. You can find many of our blogs discussing this here. Dysbiosis can be a predisposing factor or a mediator when it comes to kidney disease. This study looked at the contribution of impairment in the intestinal barrier (leaky gut) to kidney injury in diabetic kidney disease (DKD). In diabetic mice with impaired intestinal integrity intestine-derived Klebsiella oxytoca and elevated IL-17 were detected in the circulation. This was associated with epithelial renal tubular injury and faster progression to kidney failure as compared to control.

So, always think about the gut when it comes to kidney disease. A personalized comprehensive gut restoration protocol is a must to heal the gut.

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A gut-derived uremic toxin is associated with inflammation

Speaking of the gut, we discussed monocyte to HDL ration (MHR) in a previous email. If you missed it, you can read about it on our Instagram page. This study looked at the connection between Indole-3-acetic acid which is a gut-derived uremic toxin and MHR in patients with kidney disease. The study was conducted on 67 patients with CKD. Researchers found that Indole-3-acetic acid levels are directly related to MHR levels. The latter was associated with higher levels of fibrinogen, arterial hypertension, CRP.

So, as they say, when in doubt think about the gut.

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