‘Apple shape’ carries kidney disease risk
New research from the Netherlands gives us yet another reason to avoid the dreaded ‘beer belly’. A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that people who are ‘apple shaped’ – or carry excess fat in their mid-section – are at a higher risk of kidney disease than people who carry fat on their thighs and hips.
For the study, researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen, in the Netherlands analyzed the overall health of more than 300 people who had either a healthy body weight or who were overweight. According to the findings, the people who had a high waist-to-hip ratio, as is often seen in people who are considered ‘apple shaped’, had lower kidney function, reduced kidney blood flow and higher blood pressure in the kidneys.
What’s interesting is that the kidney problems were even found in apple shaped people who otherwise had a normal weight.
The findings add to a growing body of research that suggests that people who are apple shaped are at a much higher risk of several diseases even if they maintain an overall normal weight.