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Don't need to be an alcoholic to have a high risk of kidney failure, just breathing dirty air can suffice
As if being a drunkard wasn't enough for having to risk your own kidneys, it now turns out that even air pollution could also pose a risk to your kidneys.

Air pollution may increase the risk of getting a chronic kidney disease which eventually leads to kidney failure, a new study has shown.  Air pollution has been linked to various ailments so far such as heart disease, asthma, strokes and cancer etc.  But, this new study by the Washington University School of medicine shows that kidney failure is also an ailment that needs to be added to the former list. The researchers have done this research for about almost a decade now examining 2.5 million people. 

The air quality levels computed by NASA and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were compared. The results of this comparison lead to the conclusion that 44,273 new cases of kidney disease and 2483 cases of kidney failure may be attributed to levels of air pollution which exceeds the EPA's maximum of 12 microgrammes per cubic metre of air. This value is the highest level of air pollution that is safe for the humans.

The simplest explanation air pollution being responsible for kidney ailments would be that the airborne and invisible pieces of dust, dirt, smoke, soot and liquid droplets prove to be extremely hazardous when they invade the bloodstream. The main function of the kidneys is to filter our blood. These harmful pieces of dust that crept in our bloodstream can very drastically disrupt the normal functioning of a kidney.

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