Congenital Kidney and Urinary Tract Abnormalities Tied to Mother’s Obesity

November 4, 2014 5:58 PM

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A new study suggests that a woman’s risk of having a baby with congenital kidney and urinary tract defects is higher when she is obese. These birth defects include everything from single kidney, kidney swelling, enlarged ureters, or urine-carrying tubes, lead researcher Dr. Ian Macumber said.

Dr. Macumber, the pediatric nephrology fellow at Seattle Children’s Hospital explained that obesity is severely underestimated as a public health issue. The more scientists study it, the more they find out he said.

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