Smoking May Put African Americans At Higher Risk For Kidney Damage

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Cigarette smoking — a universal health hazard — may particularly damage kidney function in African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular and kidney diseases are closely linked, but few people are aware of the impact of smoking on kidney function,” said Michael Hall, M.D., study lead author and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Researchers determined rates of decline in kidney function in 3,648 African-Americans in the Jackson Heart Study, which examines cardiovascular disease in African-Americans ages 21-84 in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. Participants completed three questionnaires over 12 years.

After adjusting for factors such as age, gender, physical activity, diabetes, hypertension and prevalent cardiovascular disease, researchers found: