It’s hard to imagine that a Top 10 killer could go almost unnoticed. But it’s happening right now.
There’s a leading killer out there that claims close to 1,000 American lives every week. It’s enough to put it at number nine on the CDC’s list.
Yet it NEVER makes the news.
When was the last time you heard anyone mention kidney disease? I’m guessing long ago, or maybe never. And it is time to change that.
Because there’s a strong chance, you’re at risk for this killer. Some of the most common risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and being overweight, put many of us in its crosshairs.
You might even have it now and not know it.
But an exciting new report reveals what just may be the easiest way yet to protect yourself from this silent killer.
Kidney disease can be a silent killer
There’s a problem. And it’s a BIG one. Some 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, but 33 million of them don’t know it.
And it’s not just people in the earliest stages, where it’s hard to spot, either. According to the CDC, about HALF of all folks with very low kidney function who aren’t on dialysis – yet – don’t know they have kidney disease.
But NOT KNOWING you have it won’t save you from the devastating risks, including…
- poor immune function
- heartbeat problems
And, sadly, worst of all, as the CDC’s numbers show, chronic kidney disease can lead directly to an early death.
Common habit sets the stage for kidney damage
Since odds are you WON’T KNOW it when kidney disease strikes, the BEST WAY to beat this thing is to get control over it early. Ideally, before it even starts.
And that’s where this new study provides a major clue. Because it reveals one common bad habit that can help set the stage for this disease.
But it’s one that is easy to fix. Simply stop drinking soda.
The primary sweetener used in soda – high-fructose corn syrup – can help trigger the kidney damage that leads to kidney disease. And that damage can start to kick in with frightening speed.
All it takes is ONE soda. A single bottle of pop can trigger “vascular resistance” within 30 minutes.
That’s when the blood vessels in the kidneys tighten up, making it hard for the blood to flow in. And that leads to HIGHER blood pressure and LOWER kidney function. Over time that can cause overall diminished kidney function and, eventually, kidney disease.
Now, one quick bout with vascular resistance doesn’t lead to kidney disease, of course. But as time goes on, the accumulated risk is very real.
A study last year found that a regular soda habit could increase your risk of kidney disease by a staggering 61 percent.
Still feel like downing that bottle of soda? Yeah, me neither. As I said, it’s actually an easy habit to fix.
Plus, when you give up the pop, along with protecting your poor, battered kidneys, skipping out on soda can help you lose weight and control your blood sugar.