Coffee revealed to increase risk of kidney disease
A new study warns that coffee addicts have a higher risk of developing kidney disease.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that metabolites in the blood associated with coffee consumption have the potential to increase the risk of developing this dangerous disease.
In the study, the researchers examined 372 blood metabolites (small molecules that are products and intermediates of metabolism) from nearly 5,000 people.
The scientists identified one coffee-associated metabolite that may promote healthier kidneys, while two other coffee-related metabolites are linked to a higher risk of kidney disease.
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Scientists, whose research findings were published in the Scientific Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, stated that the harmful metabolites mentioned are also associated with smoking.
According to the National Health Service, chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition often associated with aging that can worsen over time. This disease can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney infections and other conditions that strain the kidneys.
Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease, according to the charity Kidney Care UK. The charity added that black, Asian and ethnic minority communities are five times more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than other groups.