Bad smoke also affects kidney function

In previous articles of the Best Doctors Blog we talked about smoking and its link to diseases or risks, of which we are all aware. In this new entry we will put the focus on health problems related to tobacco, which perhaps we may fail to take into consideration: the negative effects of tobacco in the functioning of our kidneys.

According to a study by the research team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore (USA), smoking has a direct impact on kidney function of American teenagers. The research was conducted on a total of 7,516 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. A sufficiently representative sample has been analysed in order to demostrate the harmful effects of tobacco both in smokers and passive smokers. Direct effects on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) The study concludes that adolescent smokers or those exposed to tobacco smoke as passive smokers have lower levels in their glomerular filtration rates (GFR). This is a Read more