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Dangerous! Overconsumption of ‘tea’ raises your risk of kidney disease; know details and symptoms

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 January 2019, 17:00 IST

In India morning is never complete without tea, from youngsters to adult many people start their day with a cup of tea. Well, if you are tea or chai lover or recite ‘chai is love’ then this is for you. You will be shocked to know consuming too much tea is dangerous for health especially for your kidney.

Let us tell you, not only tea but any sugar-laden drinks, fruit juices and beer can increase tour health rish--- kidney disease, reveals a study. Researchers disclosed that fizzy and sweetened fruit drinks are the main culprit. Researchers als say people who regularly drink them face a 61 per cent higher risk. Beer and tea are associated with greater odds of kidney disease.

Consuming sugar-laden drinks may lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and insulin resistance over time. This could then gradually put stress on the kidney and 'accelerate' the loss of the organ's function, experts have said.

There are approximately 40,000 to 45,000 premature deaths each year in the UK due to chronic kidney disease, according to the NHS.

Dr Rebholz told Reuters: 'It is widely recognized that sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and sweetened fruit drinks, should be avoided in order to reduce one's risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.'


Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. As Kidney’s function is to filter out waste products and excess fluids from the blood before they are excreted through urine.

As CKD advances, the kidneys do not function properly and dangerous levels of waste build up in your body.

Symptoms include: 

Loss of appetite
Fatigue and weakness
Sleep problems
Changes in how much you urinate
Decreased mental sharpness
Muscle twitches and cramps
Swelling of feet and ankles
Persistent itching
Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
High blood pressure that is difficult to control

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First published: 6 January 2019, 16:59 IST