Is Being A Little Overweight Beneficial To Individuals Suffering With Chronic Kidney Disease?

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Although it has been debated by some experts that being overweight could be protective in cases of illness, it has largely remained unproven. Specific studies on illnesses like Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Heart Disease have noted an “obesity paradox,” in which heavier patients are less likely to die. However, a recent study released on December 2nd, 2013 by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discredited previous findings. They stated, "Overweight or obese people are indeed more likely to die prematurely than people of normal weight."

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Ironically, earlier this year researchers at the very same CDC reported that overweight people actually live a bit longer than their skinnier counterparts. Yet, after more careful analysis the Center has found that overweight people who already have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or insulin resistance, such as many people with CKD, do not in fact live longer and are at increased risk of a Cardiovascular Disease incident. As a side note, it turns out that the same goes for overweight people without those issues. 

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"Sometimes the message changes when you look closer," says Dr. Caroline Kramer, an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto who led the study. "It's not OK to be overweight. It's not OK to be obese..." The idea of a healthy over weight person is appealing to both CKD patients and their Nephrologists because if it were possible then 38% of Americans who are currently overweight, and 50% of CKD patients pursuing weight loss strategies might not have to concern themselves with losing weight at all. Hence, Nephrologists would not have to constantly remind their patients to limit weight. 

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Still, death is not everything. Even if being overweight did not increase your risk of dying or even kill you immediately,  Dr. Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine said, it “does increase your risk of having diabetes or other conditions." Ultimately, the best weight for you is dependent on your personal needs and situation. KidneyBuzz.com recommends that you determine a suggested weight from your Nephrologists and follow recommendations to stay fit and healthy. 

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References: 

Shute, Nancy. "Overweight And Healthy: A Combo That Looks Too Good To Be True." Http://www.npr.org/. NPR.

BELLUCK, PAM. "Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed to Be Overweight." Http://www.nytimes.com/. The New York Times Company.

"Many Obese With CKD Want to Lose Weight." Http://www.empr.com/. Haymarket Media.