Gut bacteria from high-fat animal products may cause kidney failure, study finds

January 29, 2015 8:04 PM

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Gut bacteria from high-fat animal products may cause kidney failure, study finds

A digestion byproduct derived from high-fat animal products and previously found to increase the risk of heart disease has now also been linked to chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published Thursday in the journal Circulation.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic observed that elevated levels of Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) in a person’s blood helped predict whether he or she would develop CKD. In a separate part of the study, using animals, researchers found that a TMAO-rich diet debilitated mice’s kidneys and, as the c...

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