Climate Crisis and Nephrology: A Review of Climate Change's Impact on Nephrology and How to Combat it
Osceola Regional Medical Center
climate change, nephrology, kidney disease, dialysis
Internal Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nephrology | Therapeutics
UNLABELLED: Climate change is worsening with tangible effects on our healthcare system. This review aims to examine the repercussions of the climate change on nephrology and explore potential strategies to mitigate its impact. This review examines dialysis's environmental impact, resource recycling methods, and plant-based diets for kidney health. Recent research highlights the advantages of plant-based diets in managing and preventing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its complications. Integrating these practices can significantly lessen the environmental impact of nephrology.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to discuss the bidirectional relationship of climate change and kidney disease and the impact of nephrology on climate change and to discuss potential solutions.
RECENT FINDINGS: Each dialysis session consumes significant amounts of resource; reusing them will aid the environment. Plant-based diets slow renal disease and have a lower carbon footprint, making them ecologically friendly.
SUMMARY: Climate change is a growing threat to population health and healthcare. Rising temperatures raise the risk of kidney problems. Dialysis treatments also impact the environment through its high resource requirements while generating high volumes of waste and greenhouse gases. Opportunities exist to reduce the environmental impact of dialysis treatments. Plant-based diets serve to benefit both kidney disease and the environment.
Publisher or Conference
Current Opinion in Nephroogy and Hypertension
Dupuis L, Varshney A, Patel J, Joshi S. Climate crisis and nephrology: a review of climate change's impact on nephrology and how to combat it [published online ahead of print, 2023 Nov 2]. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2023;10.1097/MNH.0000000000000942. doi:10.1097/MNH.0000000000000942