How smok­ing dam­ages the kid­neys

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

One of the ways smok­ing dam­ages kid­ney func­tion is by af­fect­ing the blood flow within the body.

Smok­ing hard­ens the ar­ter­ies and nar­rows the blood ves­sels, which can re­strict blood flow to the kid­neys and cause them to be less ef­fi­cient.

Smok­ing also in­creases blood pres­sure.

If a per­son has high blood pres­sure to begin with, smok­ing only makes it worse.

Smok­ers with high blood pres­sure can in­crease their risk of reach­ing end-stage re­nal dis­ease, the fi­nal stage of kid­ney dis­ease.

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