An Unusual Correlation

When we think of kidney disease, we do not necessarily consider constipation as a contributing factor. Now, a new study has found a link between moderate to severe constipation and poor kidney health. According to researchers who tracked more than 3.5 million U.S. veterans (mostly male with an average age of 60) over a median of seven years, those who experienced constipation had a 13% higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) than veterans without constipation problems. While researchers cannot readily explain the connection, it’s possible that constipation might cause changes in gut bacteria that could harm kidneys. If future studies prove a causal link, lifestyle changes that prevent constipation may be suggested to also keep the kidneys healthy.

Constipation predisposes you to all major colorectal disorders starting with enlarged hemorrhoids and ending with colorectal cancer. Large amounts of stool in the colon also can put pressure on the bladder. This can cause the bladder to not fill as much as it should, or cause the bladder to contract when the bladder is not supposed to contract. To schedule an appointment for a urological concern, please call METROWEST UROLOGY at (508) 655-4422. Our practice is located at 67 Union St, Suite #308, in Natick. Dr. Kacker runs a small start-up developing new products for male sexual health problems which is now working in partnership with a top 10 pharmaceutical company. We invite you to visit our website at

P.S. Drinking plenty of fluids not only helps avoid constipation, but it also helps prevent kidney stone formation.