Category: Kidney Problem
Obesity has been an issue for so many people worldwide, and facts have shown that since the 1980’s, the amount of obese people has doubled. All of us, no matter if we like it or not, we are close to this issue, if it’s not us, it would be someone we know. A family member that just went through dialysis because even in her 20’s she already is diagnosed with kidney failure and the main culprit is obesity as the doctor’s suggest because she has never been within acceptable weight ranges all throughout her childhood. It maybe a friend who lost his job and got depressed and ate his way to 305lbs when he is only 5’8”.
What I’m saying is, it’s not just about us or someone we know, as you are reading this, you should know that so many others out there are also at war against obesity. That is why the scientific community has been doing endless studies on how to counter it and one of the ways that have surfaced is through carbohydrates blocking. They understand that exercise and diet alone will not suffice in helping people who are already in a state of obesity and that they got this way because of unhealthy eating habits, and that’s the key word “HABITS”, because they are hard to break, literally, so instead of focusing on simply imposing new and better habits on people who suffer obesity.
The scientific community new they had to find new and practical ways on how to help them curb up their old unhealthy ones. And when it comes to science, they always believe that there is reason for everything and it stand true on this one, mainly are body reacts in certain ways when we introduce certain nutrients to it and the focus of this article is carbohydrates.
Research over the years has consistently shown a direct and relative association between obesity and excessive complex carbohydrates intake. Hence interest in trying to come up with practical ways to reduce this appetite started and starch blockers were what they came up with. The mechanics behind this is that, the natural enzymes found in our saliva and pancreas called alpha-amylase is prevented in doing its primary function from breaking down carbohydrates to glucose for the body to absorb and in turn less carbohydrate calories will be taken by the body from these foods and thereby helping to lose weight.
Kidney Bean Extract
Phaselous vulgaris is the scientific term for kidney bean extract and this is the active ingredient in starch blockers. It is what primarily inhibits alpha amylase from doing its natural function as a digestive enzyme as stated above.
Not A Magic Pill
In any case, kidney bean extract is merely here to enhance our efforts to avoid carbohydrate absorptions but it will not in any way prevent it entirely. Actual limitation of carbohydrates intake is still a must but at least now we have something that can make the fight a little easier because even if it will not allow us to eat all the starch we want and avoid the harmful effects, it will take at least half the responsibility. The other half is ours.
There are many kidney transplant patients in America who are unable to get a transplant because of HLA sensitization. People who suffer from this problem are unable to get a kidney transplant because a previous blood transfusion, pregnancy or transplant has primed their immune system to reject a transplant.
However, a recent development at the Johns Hopkins University can change the fortunes of people who are HLA sensitized. Researchers at the University have figured out a pay to erase the bodies memory of previous transplant or transfusion which will pave the way for successful kidney transplant.
The treatment uses plasmapheresis to remove harmful antibodies from the body. The number of treatments required will vary depending on the harmful antibodies present in the body. After each treatment the patient is given an intravenous infusion of immune globulin that replaces the harmful antibodies present in the body. It also helps in preventing the antibodies from returning and fights infections.
The result of the study were released in New England Journal of Medicine, Hopkins team found that plasmapheresis treatment worked on 211 of 215 patients that were treated from February 1998 until December 2009. Out of 211 patients that benefited from this treatment, 81 percent of the patients were alive after 8 years.
The process of desensitization comes with its own set of minor problems. Some people who went through this treatment complained of problems like headache, rashes, nausea, itching and shortness of breath. A few patients also complained of serious side-effects like allergic reaction to the treatment that led to dangerous swelling.
However, the researchers of the study have emphasized that benefits of the treatment outweighed the risk associated with the treatment. If people adopted this treatment, they will have to spend less time on dialysis and get kidney transplant sooner.