An extensive international study has investigated how the kidney is affected by old age. The Norwegian researchers say that they are still looking for the source of youth.
The University of Tromsø (UiT) has conducted a study of almost 3,000 people in Norway, Germany, and Iceland, which shows that kidney function is impaired with age, even if no other illnesses are present. According to Bjørn Odvar Eriksen, Professor at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at UiT, the study is important for understanding the function of the kidney.
“Loss of kidney function is something that happens to all people and is therefore a measure of aging in general. There is still variation in how fast it happens, and so far we do not know why this variation occurs. We have investigated many factors that may affect why some lose more kidney function than others,” says Eriksen to UiT.
According to Eriksen, the research project on how kidney function develops over time is the only one of its kind.
“No other studies have done such research on a part of the normal population. Therefore, this study is unique,” says Eriksen.
“For those who experience poorer kidneys as they age, this is a huge burden. Therefore, this is an area that it is important to research further to find more answers. We are still looking for the source of youth,” says Eriksen.
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