Research discovers: Breathing dirty air may harm kidney

More than 24,000 new case of kidney diseases and 2,400 kidney failure in U.S. may be attributed to the level of pollution that exceeds the EPA threshold!

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study now adds kidney disease to the list, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System.

Pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and, ultimately, contribute to kidney failure, according to the researchers.

Fine particles can damage the kidneys in the same way they damage other organs such as the heart and lungs. Airborne and invisible, microscopic pieces of dust, dirt, smoke, soot and liquid droplets often become destructive when they invade the bloodstream. The kidneys filter the blood, and these harmful particles can disrupt normal kidney function.

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Abstract from Kristina Sauerwain (2017, September 22). Breathing dirty air may harm kdneys (journal). Retrieved from

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