SAVE A LIFE – DONATE A KIDNEY – UNLESS YOU’RE FAT

Someone you love need a kidney?  Well, if your BMI is over 35 (approximately 40% above what those oh-so-nasty insurance charts say you should way), you have less than a 50/50 chance that a transplant center will accept you as a live donor, no matter what your age and health is or if you are a genetic match.  And 10 percent of transplant centers won’t accept you if your BMI is over 30!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/transplant-centers-struggle-with-donors-obesity/

How’s that for a kick in the pants?  Well, there must be a really good reason, right?

Well, doctors worry about our health!  You know how concerned EVERYONE is about fatties and their health.  Doctors are worried even though major complications following surgery are rare among fat donors.  Doctors are worried even though no studies have been done following fat kidney donors for a significant period of time to see if they develop problems due to having only one kidney.

Well thanks for the concern, but like most concern about fat people’s health, it seems misplaced and disingenuous.

Doctors are worried because they fear fat donors will develop kidney problems later.  Doctors are worried, even though healthy, average weight donors have similar or even decreased risk of kidney failure compared to the general population.  I’m assuming that no one has looked into why this would be, because, gee, that would be awfully handy information to have, don’t you think?

I can understand if a kidney donor has diabetes or if a liver donor has non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, that they should be excluded.  You want a healthy organ from a healthy donor, to give the person getting the transplant the best chance.

But there are plenty of fat and healthy people out there, and to be unwilling to consider them as living organ donors when there is a growing shortage of donors is cruel, especially when the reasoning is based on fat bias and not actual science.

Doctors have been telling fatties for years that we are going to die young, that we are not going to find love, that we cannot have children, that we cannot have happy, healthy, long lives.  Those predictions have proven to be unreliable.  So instead, how about doctors help gather more information on the relationship between fat donors and success of the donation for both the donor and the recipient – and then these decisions can be made based on information instead of  “concern”.

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2 thoughts on “SAVE A LIFE – DONATE A KIDNEY – UNLESS YOU’RE FAT

  1. Amen. My mother was not a donor, she inherited kidney disease from her thin to average weight father & grandfather. However, she managed to live for over 40 years with one kidney, to the age of 85, & she was a fat woman. They are allowing people to die because of nothing more than blind prejudice. They do not educate themselves, they ignore all the many studies which show that fat does not cause health problems, that fat people do not die younger, etc., & every time a story hits the news briefly reminding us of this…such as with the fact that fat diabetics live longer than thin ones…efforts must be redoubled to shout over that information about the ‘obesity epidemic’, as with a headline I saw a few minutes ago about ‘the fattest state’ & how some states face a ‘grim’ health forecast. No, I didn’t read the story, I do my best to ignore the same old, same old. This stubborn prejudice against fat people is hurting a lot of people, not just fat people & it is downright criminal that this is the case.

  2. “Doctors are worried even though no studies have been done following fat kidney donors for a significant period of time to see if they develop problems due to having only one kidney.”
    It’s so frustrating it makes me want to scream!

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