It’s crucial to care for your kidneys as part of a healthy lifestyle. The kidneys are more than just waste removers; they also control red blood cell production, regulate blood pressure, and more. This is why looking after your body, including its organs, is so important for optimum health.
The nutrients in foods and beverages that you consume might have an impact on your kidneys in the long run. Certain meals and beverages can damage them, while others can help them and lower the risk of disease. And according to recent research, coffee drinking may reduce the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI).
ARF (Acute renal failure) occurs when your kidneys don’t work properly. It’s a rapid case of kidney damage or failure that happens in a few hours or days. AKI is the buildup of waste products that are in your blood, which makes it more difficult for the kidneys to keep a proper balance of fluids in your body. If it goes un-treated, AKI might also influence other organs in the body, such as your brain and heart, causing them harm.
A group of about 14,207 adults aged 45 to 64 years from the United States was studied by researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine. Participants took seven food frequency questionnaires over 24 years. The questions looked at how much caffeinated coffee people consumed (in eight-ounce cups per day). Then, they compared it to hospitalization for AKI, which is defined by an Intention Classification of Diseases code.
According to the study, those who drink any amount of coffee on a daily basis had a 15% decreased chance of developing AKI. The largest reductions in risk were seen among those who drank two to three cups each day, with a 22-23 percent decrease in incidence.
Researchers considered factors such as age, sex, race, and socioeconomic status. Still, coffee consumers showed a 15% reduced risk of AKI compared to non-coffee drinkers.
They also took into account other maladies or ailments that may have influenced the results. Those who consumed coffee, on the other hand, had a 11% decreased risk of developing AKI when compared to those who didn’t. Blood pressure levels, diabetes, body mass index, use of antihypertensive medicine, and kidney function were among the factors considered.
“We think that the reason for coffee’s link to AKI risk is because either biologically active compounds that are combined with caffeine intake or simply caffeine itself improves kidney perfusion and oxygen utilization,” said Dr. Parikh. “A constant blood flow and oxygen delivery are required for excellent kidney function and tolerance to AKI.”
Although the findings appear encouraging, the researchers warn that additional study is needed to fully comprehend all of coffee’s benefits for the kidneys, especially at the cellular level.