Regular Consumption of Soft Drinks Damages Kidney, Says Study

Posted on November 11, 2013 by

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Too much soft drinks and soda is not good for kidney, new research warns in an article in the International Business Times.

The findings are based on the studies conducted by Japanese and American researchers.  In the first study, researchers from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan looked at nearly 8000 university employees. The total participants were divided into three groups- with the strength of 3579, 3055 and 1342, Indian Express, reported.

The research found that intake of minimum two soft drinks per day increased the risk of being diagnosed with proteinuria, the condition of having excess levels of protein in the urine. Proteinuria is considered to be one of the early signs of kidney disease. Of the total participants, 301, 272 and 144 from the three groups, were diagnosed with proteinuria during the study period.

For the second study, a team of researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in US, led by Agustin Gonzalez-Vicente initiated to find out the serious harm associated with a high fructose intake. They conducted experiments on rats and found that even moderate intake of the fruit sugar affected the function of a protein called angiotensin II that helps balance salt in the body.  The occurrence leads to the re-absorption of salt in the kidney, and further to obesity, hypertension, diabetes and kidney failure, they explained.

The studies were presented at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2013, in Atlanta, USA, last week.

The findings bring concern as soft drinks have become the latest trend among the younger generation across the whole world.

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