Among patients waiting for a renal transplant, the likelihood of getting one decreases with the degree of obesity, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.


Compared with normal weight patients, those who were overweight (BMI 25-30 kg/m2), obese (30-35 kg/m2), severely obese (35-40 kg/m2), and morbidly obese (greater than 40 kg/m2) were 4%, 7%, 28%, and 44% less likely to receive a transplant, respectively, Dorry Segev, MD, and his colleagues reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2008;19:349-355).

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The study looked at 132,353 U.S. kidney transplant candidates.