obesity and kidney transplant

How Obesity Can Affect Kidney Transplant Success?

Today, most people get affected by obesity. This is because of the impact of modern life and a lack of health awareness. The recent researchers made some research on the impacts of obesity. And the outcome of it in different aspects.

Most of the parts of the human body and the mental activities are connected to the bodyweight of the person. In particular, when it comes to kidney transplantation, obesity plays a huge role. Continue reading to know the impact of obesity on any human.

The Medical Research

Most of the obese patients feel that they need to avoid the treatment because they are obese. Yet, there are some medical researches which state some information and eligibility for the person to take up the surgery.

Most of the times there are no huge impacts with the weights and the benefits. The risks are found to be common for all the people in different bodyweight.

The obesity will play a serious role with certain end-stage rental diseases that may offer even the survival benefits. Due to this, many centers also feel it hard to offer treatment for obese patients.

Most doctors consider this to be the factor that affects the treatment. But bodyweight is not the only sole factor that determines the ability of the person in kidney transplantation.

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index or BMI is the measure of the fat found in the body to determine the obesity of the person. When it is under 18.5 to 24.9, it is considered to be normal. 25 to 29.9 is overweight and if it crosses more than 30 it is said to be obese.

Here, both the donor and the receiver are checked with the BMI to make the successful outcome of the process. Most of the time, donors with 19 to 25 are considered to be suitable for donating the kidney.

For the patients who appear for kidney transplantation is also expected to have a BMI of 35 kilograms per meter squared. 

The Later-Effects

Though there is a lot of research taking place with the kidney transplant rate. There are no proper results found for long term researches.

In particular, the results are clear when it is found for the survival of the person. The details of the functionality of the transplanted kidney remain a question.

What happens when the person has cut off obesity?

Only when the person is under the proper weight. It will help them with the successful outcome of the transplantation. The doctors say that the patients need to shed their weight when they need to undergo a kidney transplant.

This is because the patient under the absolute cut off bodyweight is also not suitable for the treatment. When the person is obese, 3.5 years of period is given for reducing their weight and only after this period they can undergo the treatment.

Results Found Under Different Cases

A survey was taken from the follow up of 20.3 months. 6634 patients underwent kidney transplantation. The patients who are under 31 kg/m2 at the beginning of the dialysis were found to be associated with a lower likelihood of some of the kidney transplant.

This likelihood decreases with the increased values of the BMI. For the patients who have BMI more than 30 kilograms per meter square at the dialysis. 1 kilogram per meter square decrease during the following period.

This finally leads to a 9 to 11% increase in the likelihood of receiving a transplant. This is called the L-shape relationship between the BMI, dialysis and the complete mortality.

What can be concluded as the impacts?

From the following analysis. It is clear that obesity is one of the most important aspects that will create an impact on kidney transplantations. Great attention to health and maintaining the right weight will help in improving the fairness of the organ allocation process.

It will also help with the best health condition as well. 

When you need to avoid the hassles of the kidney issues. You need to be appropriate in the food you consume, regular exercise and living habits.

Further, regular health checkups will be the best way to end such diseases at the starting stage itself.

When you look for the Kidney transplant cost in India. It will cost around 5 to 6 lakh and there are also some post-treatment expenses apart from the surgery. Make sure you take enough precautions for better health and stay healthy.


Dr. Suneet Singh holds a post-graduate degree in Hospital and Healthcare Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and works as an International Patient Coordinator at Lyfboat.

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