Kidney disease is the latest ailment linked to air pollution, a new study has found.
The report from the American Society of Nephrology found that air pollution - even in small amounts - can damage your kidneys. Previous research has also linked it to heart disease, strokes, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
When people inhale tiny specks of dust, dirt, smoke, soot and liquids in polluted air, these particles are swept into their bloodstream. And since kidneys filter the blood, the particles can damage them, the new analysis explained.
The reports researchers are warning that any amount of air pollution, no matter how small, can harm the kidneys the same way it harms other organs such as the heart and lungs.
A new report from the American Society of Nephrology has found that air pollution can result in kidney disease and failure. Those who live in geographic areas with high levels of pollution are more at risk for the disease, the report concluded (file photo)
Our kidneys filter out waste products from the blood before converting them into urine. They also help maintain blood pressure.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not work as well as normal.
The risk of CKD increases as you age. It is also more common among Asian and black people.
CKD does not usually cause any symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. It can be detected early on via blood and urine tests.
The main symptoms of advanced kidney disease include tiredness, swollen ankles or hands, shortness of breath, nausea