By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Why Is FDA Warning about Invokana and Farxiga?

    The Food and Drug Administration has just strengthened its warning on certain medications prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes. Canagliflozin and dapagliflozin are sold under the brand names In…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Quench Your Thirst Without Harming Your K…

    Exercising on a hot summer day can make you thirsty. Sweating due to heat or physical activity constitutes water loss that can lead to dehydration. You'll need a drink to overcome that, but a new s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 10 Comments
    Iced Tea Overdose Can Damage the Kidneys

    A case report published in The New England Journal of Medicine has answered the question, is it possible to drink too much iced tea? The cautionary case was that of a 56 year old man who developed fat…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 1 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Is Good for Kidneys

    A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruit, legumes, olive oil and fish seems to keep kidneys healthy. A community-based study examined the diets of 900 volunteers who were followed for almost 7 y…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2013 3 Comments
    Acetaminophen in Combination with Alcohol Can Ha…

    Acetaminophen is still perceived as a very safe pain reliever even though there are warnings about liver and kidney damage. Scientists have known for some time that acetaminophen in combination with a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2013 1 Comments
    Healthy Diet Holds Off Kidney Trouble

    People with diabetes are at greater risk of chronic kidney disease. A new study shows, however, that a healthful diet can cut that risk significantly. The 6,213 participants in the six-year-long trial…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2013 11 Comments
    Naproxen May Damage Kidneys

    One of the most popular NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in the pharmacy is naproxen. It was originally only available by prescription under the name Naprosyn. Now doctors can write presc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2013 2 Comments
    Does BPA Affect Kidney Function?

    Bisphenol or BPA for short, is widely used in the lining of cans, cash register receipts and is a component of hard clear plastics. A new study shows that this endocrine disruptor may have negative ef…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2011 3 Comments
    NSAIDs Don’t Mix with Kidney Disease

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been linked to kidney disease. People with kidney damage are often advised to avoid drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib. A new survey …

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2011 5 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Stops Kidney Failure in Mice

    One of the serious complications of diabetes is kidney failure. Once it has begun to develop, this complication can be difficult to stop. New mouse research suggests a simple dietary intervention may …

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2008 5 Comments
    NSAIDs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    Q. I read in your column that naproxen can cause kidney damage. I want to reinforce that warning. I lost my kidneys as a result of taking prescription strength naproxen in 1995. I took this anti-infla…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2007 10 Comments
    Pain Reliever Caused Kidney Damage

    Q. Over-the-counter ibuprofen was my friend. I thought it was a miracle drug for pain and inflammation. I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and I took ibuprofen often to relieve pain. Then I went …