Junk Food Can Harm Kidneys as Much as Type 2 Diabetes
According to a recent study published in the journal Experimental Psychology, a high-fat diet -- or simply eating too much junk food -- can be as harmful to the kidneys as type 2 diabetes. Data suggests that reliance on such a diet can result in raised blood sugar levels similar to those seen in patients with type 2 diabetes -- the most common form of the disease, accounting for at least 90 percent of all cases.
In patients treated for type 2 diabetes, increased blood glucose -- sparked by the body's inability to effectively use insulin to regulate blood sugar levels -- can lead to diabetic kidney disease. In this recent study, meanwhile, researchers suggest that too much junk food can lead to a similar medical scenario.
Dr. Havovi Chichger, a senior lecturer in biomedical science at Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K., and her colleagues hope that this research -- conducted on rats who subsisted on, among other things, cheese, chocolate bars, and marshmallows during the eight-week study --might open new avenues for treatment of diabetes in humans.