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Americans Are Now Too Fat To Donate Organs

The pool of available kidneys is shrinking because one in four patients are too fat to donate.


Even patients who were put on a diet were unable to lose enough weight to donate, according to a study by Mala Sachdeva of North Shore-LIJ Health System Transplant Center on Long Island, New York, Medpage Today reports.


Patients with a Body Mass Index over 35 generally aren't allowed to
donate because studies have shown complications for both the donor and
recipient. A healthy BMI is under 25.
The impact of obesity could be devastating to the field: there are 92,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney, according to The Daily Mail.


And a recent study showed that obesity costs the U.S. more than smoking.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obesity-could-lead-to-kidney-donation-shortage-2012-5#ixzz1usYOrY1h


Added: May-14-2012 Occurred On: May-14-2012
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