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Doctor insights on: Why Is Smoking Bad For The Kidneys

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Why is smoking bad for the kidneys?

Why is smoking bad for the kidneys?

Decreased blood flow: Nicotine is a stimulating drug, and can cause blood vessels to constrict, or become smaller. When blood flow to the kidneys is reduced, people can sustain damage to the glomerulus, which is the filter of the kidney. Studies have shown that filtration is less effective in smokers due to decreased blood supply, and they tend to have higher levels of protein/albumin in their urine- like in diabetes. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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If I have a kidney infection, will smoking maijuana mess with my treatment at all, in a bad way I mean?

If I have a kidney infection, will smoking maijuana mess with my treatment at all, in a bad way I mean?

Not a problem: It should not affect your illness or medications in any way, but may not be the best of legal choices depending on where you live. ...Read more

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Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Yes: Tobacco causes vascular, blood vessel, disease all over body i.e. Heart, brain, legs, and kidneys, etc. Excess alcohol hurts the overall circulatory system and liver, both affect kidneys. You get heart & liver failure from heavy use. While moderation in alcohol does not have well documented risk it does not have any benefits for heart or others.How to define moderation? Better quit both. ...Read more

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If I stopped smoking and change my diet should my kidney disease reverse?

If I stopped smoking and change my diet should my kidney disease reverse?

I don't know: The source of your kidney disease is unknown thus it is difficult to comment accurately. That said, I have watched kidney function improve in my office on a regular basis. There are as many ways to approach the problem as there are causes for it. Smoking cessation is a no-brainer. Just stop it: it kills you and your kidneys. Phosphatidyl choline, a nutrient in egg yolks, improves kidney function. ...Read more

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I have one kidney and smoke marijuana every day It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

I have one kidney and smoke marijuana every day
It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

Bad idea: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy and bad for patients. There is rarely a need for smoking marijuana, but some people want to and like to smoke pot. However, if one's doctor has prescribed weed as a medical treatment, the risks and benefits will have to be compared. ...Read more

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I`m 30 years old and one kidney from 23 years ago and smoke marijuana. It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

I`m 30 years old and one kidney from 23 years ago and smoke marijuana.
It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

No: We would have found this by now. If you choose to use this familiar recreational intoxicant that makes folks silly, do it safely and don't drive a motor vehicle. This is not the place to discuss public policy, though I am not aware of any serious commentator in the medical community who has supported our draconian laws against cannabis since I started reading in the 1960's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I have had a kidney transplant will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

If I have had a kidney transplant  will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

Unlikely: Unlikely, but anything is excess is harmful. And the deleterious effects of tobacco abuse increases the risk of every form of cancer in addition to suppressing the immune system. Keep the mj use to a minimum. ...Read more

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Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Harms blood vessels: Promotes arteriosclerosis which reduces blood flow to kidneys ; heart which promotes hypertension which in turn damages the kidneys. Of course smoking improves your chances of developing lung cancer which can spread to the kidneys and kill you. Think of the generous kidney donor who has given you life.Transplanted kidneys have enough of a rough time without imposing additional unnecessary risk. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant a little over 2yrs now. I want to how can smoking cigarettes and marijuana effect or hurt my kidney in anyway?

I had a kidney transplant a little over 2yrs now. I want to how can smoking cigarettes and marijuana effect or hurt my kidney in anyway?

Absolutely it will: Smoking generates carbon monoxide and other compounds that injury the lining of blood vessels, the endothelium. Patients with kidney transplants are already at risk for endothelial injury based on hypertension, diabetes, and immunosuppressive drugs. The #1 cause of death and kidney loss is related to endothelial cell injury, namely heart attacks and transplant nephropathy. Don't do it! ...Read more

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