Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity etc are some of the factors that we link with increasing kidney diseases. But a team of researchers have found another big cause of increasing kidney diseases and the cause is none other than ‘global warming’.
Yes! You read it right. It is global warming.
Global warming has caused an overall temperature increase of about 0.8°C over the past century and is responsible for 75% of the extreme heat events. Heat waves typically refer to sustained temperatures of 40°C, or a temperature increase of 5°C to 6°C above the normal maximum temperature of a region.
Researchers at first did not take global warming into the account but when a mystery kidney disease killed more than 20,000 people in Central America over a decade, the tropical countries like India were set alarming. Also, the profiles of the victims were same, .i.e. they were young and were indulged in hard and long work in the sun.
In India the research was undertaken by a team from Jipmer, Puducherry on salt pan workers. The results were shocking as they found increased ceratinine levels, signifying impaired kidney functioning or renal disease in them.
This research has given rise to a threat that says that the world could witness its first human epidemic related to global warming and dehydration.
In India, it can affect Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odhisa, Goa and Maharashtra.
In Andhra, more than 1,400 people have given their lives to the same causes in a single month in 2015.
The problem of dehydration can be solved by consuming more water but then there is another problem of water scarcity that accompanies rising heat. And this is not just, as the lack of access to healthcare worsens the scenario.