Living an unhealthy lifestyle may lead to kidney-related diseases once you hit your 60s, MedicalNewsToday.com reports.

Researchers led by Dr. Dorothea Nitsch from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in England studied a sample of children from England, Scotland, and Wales who were born in the same week in 1946 from the Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development. The researchers then narrowed the participants down to 4,584 people who had body mass index data from when they were 20, 26, 36, 43, 53, 60, and 64 years old.

The results showed several trends: First, participants who were overweight between ages 26 to 36 were twice likely to develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) when they reached 60 to 64 years old than those who became overweight at a later age or who have not been overweight at all. Secondly, there is a possible link between CKD risk and existing diabetes and hypertension. Lastly, those with larger hip-to-waist ratios or apple-shaped bodies at 43 to 53 years old tend to develop CKD at 60 to 64 years old.

Nitsch explaines,"We estimated that 36 percent of CKD cases at age 60 to 64 in the current US population could be avoided if nobody became overweight until at least that age, assuming the same associations as in the analysis sample."

Parallel to the study’s findings, WebMD notes that the two most common causes of CKD are diabetes and hypertension, so the best way to avoid these conditions is to live a healthy lifestyle. Avoid regularly eating meals that are high in sugar, fat, and cholesterol. Being conscious of what you eat, and making an effort to get yourself in shape may not only help manage your weight, but also lower your risk of developing chronic diseases.

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