Study: The Link between Obesity and Better Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis
In advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), obesity has been paradoxically linked with better clinical outcomes. The mechanisms that underlie this paradox are not well known. A study conducted by DaVita Clinical Research aimed to identify the factors behind this paradox—and narrowed in on Omega 3 intake, which has been linked to many beneficial impacts on cardiovascular health, including positive effects on lipid profiles, insulin resistance and platelet aggregation. The study found that a higher BMI is associated with increased EPA and DHA red blood cell incorporation, which, in turn, has been linked to better cardiovascular outcomes. This may help explain the consistent association between obesity and better clinical outcomes for hemodialysis patients.
For more information, read the research poster here.