Approximately 14% of the general population are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, longstanding disease of the kidneys, leading to renal failure.
Treatment for chronic kidney disease depends on severity. In early stages, medication will suffice, while later stages of the disease may require filtering of the blood with a machine or a transplant.
Surprisingly, caffeine may also help people with chronic kidney disease live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study resented at the American Society of Nephrology annual meeting held in New Orleans in the United States. Keep reading for more.
Study shows that caffeine can help chronic kidney disease patients reduce their risk of premature death
The study found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and energy drinks, reduced their risk of premature death by 24%.
The study also found that those who consumed the second highest amount reduced their death risk by 22%, those who had the third highest amount reduced their risk by 12% and those who consumed the least amount saw no reduction in risk.
“Our study showed a dose-dependent protective effect of caffeine consumption on all-cause mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease,” said lead researcher Dr Miguel Bigotta Vieira from the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, in Lisbon, Portugal. “However, our observational study cannot prove that caffeine reduces the risk of death, but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect.”
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However, the study prove a cause-and-effect relationship between caffeine consumption and reduced premature death risk
Furthermore, the reasons that caffeine might help chronic kidney disease patients live longer aren’t clear, and how much caffeine is too little and how much might be too much isn’t know, Dr Bigotte Vieira.
The findings also need to be replicated in a study that compares caffeine consumption with no caffeine consumption before doctors recommend that chronic kidney disease patients drink more coffee or other caffeinated drinks.
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