Do you like to run marathons? You should think twice before doing so. A new study shows that running a marathon can cause kidney injury. Due to the fact that your body experiences physical stress the organs could be affected.
This new research was conducted by researchers from Yale University. They analyzed a group of healthy marathon runners. More than 80% of these people suffered from kidney injury immediately after the run. All of these people showed signs of acute kidney injury. The great news is that it is a short-term affection.
The researchers mentioned that these signs of kidney injury only last a few days. The problem is that this short-term condition can lead to other long-term diseases for marathon runners. Researchers stated that people who run several marathons can suffer from long-term damages.
Even the most experienced runners mentioned that marathons are not an easy task. Nobody feels great after a long-distance run. The body needs to get used to the physical stress caused by the run. The findings from this study are much more concerning for runners who already suffer from kidney issues.
The researchers mentioned that the kidney injury can be caused by dehydration, decreased blood flow to the kidney, and a rise in core body temperatures. All of these factors make a kidney injury much more likely to happen during a marathon.
“The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running as if it’s injured, in a way that’s similar to what happens in hospitalized patients when the kidney is affected by medical and surgical complications,” said Chirag Parikh, one of the researchers.
There are other studies that showed marathon running is not as healthy as everybody thinks. Heart function experiences changes during a long-distance run. For this new study, researchers analyzed urine and blood samples from Hartford Marathon participants in 2015. The samples were collected before and after the marathon.
In order to see if people suffered a kidney injury during the marathon scientists analyzed many markers. These included kidney cells, proteins in urine, and creatinine levels. The Boston Marathon is close and, despite the findings of the study, runners mentioned that they will still attend the event.
What is your opinion about this research? Did you know that marathons can affect the kidneys?
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