For all you distance athletes who think you are invincible . . .
"The researchers collected and analyzed blood and urine samples from runners in the 2015 Hartford Marathon. Eight-two (82%) percent of the participants displayed Stage 1 Acute Kidney Injury or AKI. That means kidneys aren't properly filtering waste from blood. It can, in turn, affect other organs like the brain, heart and lung, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
"The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running as if it's injured, in a way that's similar to what happens in hospitalized patients when the kidney is affected by medical and surgical complications," Dr. Chirag Parikh, the study's lead researcher, said in a Yale news release. "