Washington: A new study has suggested that high blood pressure in the kidneys of people with apple-shaped bodies may be responsible for their increased risk of developing kidney disease later in life.The findings suggest that these individuals may benefit from treatments that reduce kidney blood pressure.People with "apple-shaped" bodies-when fat is concentrated mostly in the abdominal area-are more likely than those with "pear-shaped" bodies to develop kidney disease. The mechanisms underlying this risk are not well understood.To study the issue, Arjan Kwakernaak, MD/PhD candidate (University Medical Center Groningen, in The Netherlands) and his colleagues looked for links between waist-to-hip ratio, which reflects central body fat distribution, and kidney measures in 315 healthy individuals with an average body mass index of 24.9 kg/m2 (A body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2 is considered normal weight).
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