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How does smoking hurt your kidneys?

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There are two ways that smoking is bad news for your kidneys. First, it’s bad for the blood flow to your organs, including your kidneys. And if you take medicine to manage high blood pressure, smoking can affect those medications.

From: How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Keep Your Kidneys Healthy,” “Testing for Kidney Disease,” “Understanding GFR.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “What Is a Standard Drink?”

National Kidney Foundation: “6 Tips to be Water-Wise for Healthy Kidneys,” “Smoking and your Health,” “Albuminuria.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Keep Your Kidneys Healthy,” “Testing for Kidney Disease,” “Understanding GFR.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “What Is a Standard Drink?”

National Kidney Foundation: “6 Tips to be Water-Wise for Healthy Kidneys,” “Smoking and your Health,” “Albuminuria.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

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