Constipation is a very common problem in the gastrointestinal system, which occurs in a large proportion of the population.
Although it is a condition that rarely causes serious complications, a new study suggests that it may be associated with “poor” kidney function.
For the purpose of the study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers analyzed data from 3.5 million adults, which they watched for about 9 years.
When enrolled in the study, volunteers had normal renal function. Overall, it appeared that participants who experienced constipation had a 13% and a 9% higher chance of developing chronic kidney disease and renal failure, respectively. Indeed, the probability of occurrence of these problems was found to be proportional to the degree of constipation.
According to the researchers, the findings of the study provide new information on the relationship between intestinal and renal function, and suggest regular monitoring of renal function in people with constipation, especially those who have a serious problem.
In conclusion, they comment that more studies should be conducted to examine whether constipation is a causal factor for the occurrence of chronic kidney disease.