17 Jul Older Adults Can Safely Donate a Kidney, Study Finds
It’s safe for healthy older people to donate kidneys, researchers say.
Live kidney donation by people 55 and older has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, but there have been concerns that giving up a kidney might put older people at increased risk for heart problems and premature death.
Dr. Peter Reese, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues followed more than 3,300 older healthy kidney donors and the same number of older healthy non-donors for an average of nearly eight years.
The donors and non-donors had similar rates of heart disease, diabetes (a risk factor for heart and kidney diseases) and death, according to the study published July 9 in the American Journal of Transplantation.
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