Too many sugary drinks hurts your kidneys

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

kidney anatomy
This is where the kidneys are located in the body.

In our bodies, kidneys are responsible for removing waste and extra water from our blood and making urine. So, avoid sugary drinks, because recent studies found they damage our kidneys!

In the first study, researchers from the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan divided almost 8,000 participants into 3 separate groups. The first was told not to drink any sugary soft drinks, the second was instructed to consume one a day, and the third group drank two daily. During a follow-up study nearly 3 years later, participants in the third group were much more likely to develop kidney problems than those in the first and second group.

These results mirror those found in a second experiment by researchers from Case Western Reserve University, who used rats as their subjects. The study focused on how kidneys are affected by fructose – a sugar commonly found in soft drinks. Apparently, the rats that consumed a ton of fructose had kidneys that were sensitive to a protein called angiotensin II, absorbing way too much salt. This imbalance can cause kidney failure, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

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