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Junk food diet ‘can cause similar kidney damage to diabetes’

11th May 2016

A new study has demonstrated that a junk food diet can be just as damaging to the kidneys as diabetes.

The Anglia Ruskin University research used animal models of diabetes and diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance to assess how insulin resistance and excess sugar or fat affected glucose transporters in the kidney.

Rats were given cheese, chocolate bars, biscuits and marshmallows for eight weeks, or a rodent chow high in fat for five weeks, before assessing the impact on blood sugar levels and glucose transporters in the kidneys.

It was shown that certain types of glucose transporters and regulatory proteins were present in a higher number in type 2 diabetic rats, but a high fat and junk food diet caused a similar increase in those receptors.

This effect can cause an accumulation of glucose in the blood, which can have severe long-term consequences for organs, including the kidneys.

Lead author Dr Havovi Chichger, senior lecturer in biomedical science at the Anglia Ruskin University, said: "Understanding how diet can affect sugar handling in the kidneys and whether the inhibitors can reverse these changes could help to protect the kidneys from further damage."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801818270-ADNFCR

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