Kidney disease kills several young men in Central America

  • Researchers aren't sure about what's causing the widespread kidney disease in Central America. The Verge notes that thousands of field workers have lost their lives due to chronic kidney disease in the recent years, which affects over 20 million people in the nation. 

    An expert mentioned that CKD seems to be "disproportionately affecting young, healthy males." The exact death rates are unavailable as of yet but the disease is so widespread that one community is called "the island of widows."

    Several theories have been put together in order to explain the situation: People say CKD may be caused by dehydration when combined with the workers' habit of chewing super cane at work. Chemicals used in the field are being questioned as well. 

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