Air pollution can increase the risk of kidney disease

It is well known that air pollution can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and a new study suggests that it may also cause kidney damage. The study, which will be published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), calls for a focus on the role of air pollution in the development of kidney disease in urban areas.
Air pollution has become a serious problem in many cities in China, but its impact on personal health is not clear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of particles in the air to kidney health, by Dr. Hou Fan Fan (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Chinese) research team led the analysis of renal biopsy in 71151 cases from 938 hospitals Chinese 282 city data of patients, these participants across all age range.
On average, for the development of membranous nephropathy (a kidney immune disorder) the possibility that can lead to kidney failure, in more than 11 years during the study period, the incidence increased by 13%, while the proportion of other major renal status remained stable. The incidence of membranous nephropathy was highest in populations with high levels of particulate air pollution.
"Our main finding is that in the past ten years Chinese membranous nephropathy incidence rate has doubled, the research shows that the regional distribution of prevalence increased with fine particulate air pollution is closely consistent," Dr. Hou said.