Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health, including your kidneys.

Being overweight increases your chances of developing kidney disease in several ways. For one, being overweight puts you at greater risk of having diabetes and hypertension, both are important predisposing factors for kidney disease.

Second, having that extra weight means your kidneys have to work harder and filter more wastes than normal. Over time, this extra work from the kidneys can increase your risk of kidney disease.

So, how do you protect your kidneys if you’re overweight?

By losing weight.

You can get started by making significant lifestyle changes, particularly with your eating and physical activity.

While doing it, you may also want to get your kidneys checked to assess early signs of kidney disease. Like any condition, kidney disease has better treatment outcomes when detected early.

It’s also important to have your blood sugar and blood pressure checked on a regular basis.

If you end up being diagnosed with diabetes and/or hypertension, it’s very important to manage these conditions, either through lifestyle changes, medications, or a combination of both.

Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension can increase your risk of having kidney disease.

If you tried all means to lose weight, but still struggle to achieve the result that you want long term, you may benefit from weight loss surgery.

Studies have shown that bariatric procedures don’t just benefit patients through weight loss, but may also improve weight-related conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

We can help you.

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville takes pride in its patient-focused approach to bariatric care. We have a caring, experienced team who can help you achieve a healthier ‘you.’

The very first step in our process is watching or attending our FREE bariatric information seminar. It will give you an idea on what bariatric surgery is and what to expect from it. To register for the In-person Seminar OR to watch it online, visit

Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our Foothills Weight Loss Surgeon team at (865) 984-3413!

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Foothills is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.