Strategies to Treat Obesity in Patients With CKD

Obesity prevalence continues to increase worldwide, accompanied by a rising tide of hypertension, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). While body mass index is typically used to assess obesity in clinical practice, altered body composition (e.g. reduced muscle mass, increased visceral adiposity) are common among patients with CKD. Weight loss achieved through behavioral modification or medications reduces albuminuria, and in some cases, slows decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).