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8 Common Risk factors for Kidney Stones

Did you know that 1 person out of every 10 individuals suffers from kidney stones worldwide?

Kidney stones occur when the minerals like calcium and/or other elements that are found in the urine harden into a stone. The stone typically forms in the kidney and causes severe pain as it passes down the ureters connecting the kidney to the bladder.

Kidney stones are more common in adults than children. Among adults, they are more common in males. Among children, kidney stones are most likely to happen in the adolescent years.

Symptoms of kidney stones:

  • Severe pain that can move from the back and sides to the groin
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating (dysuria)
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

 

8 common risk factors for kidney stones:

1. Dehydration:

Dehydration occurs more frequently during hot weather conditions. Dehydration can lead to kidney stones. Those who live in warm climatic conditions, who sweat a lot and do not drink enough water may be at a higher risk than others to get kidney stones. Also excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can dehydrate the body and decrease magnesium absorption that can aggravate stone formation.

2. High Sodium Diet:

Research states that diet that is high in sodium may increase your risk of kidney stones. If you consume more sodium that is present in salty foods, the amount of calcium your kidneys have to filter increases, thus increasing your risk of kidney stones.

3. Excess sugar in diet:

Excessive consumption of aerated drinks that are loaded with sugar can lead to kidney stones. Also excessive intake of refined sugar may lead to the formation of calcium stones.

4. Animal-protein:

Red meat, shellfish may increase uric acid levels and urine calcium levels in the body that can encourage stone formation.

5. History of Kidney stones:

It is proven that having even one stone increases your chances of having another. It is important that people suffering from kidney stones strictly follow the nutritional advice of their doctors to prevent recurrence.

6. Heredity:

Heredity may be a risk factor as some people have a tendency to absorb too much calcium than others. If you have a history of kidney stones in your family, it is important to take preventive dietary measures.

7. Obesity:

People with a high body mass index (BMI) and large waist size are at a higher risk of suffering from kidney stones.

8. Other medical conditions:

Some chronic medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, urinary tract infections, chronic diarrhea can cause changes in the digestive process that affect calcium, electrolyte and water absorption, increasing the levels of stone-forming substances in the urine.

By understanding these common risk factors for kidney stones, one can take preventive measures and make dietary modifications accordingly. The prevalence and recurrence of kidney stones is increasing day by day and there are limited conventional kidney stone treatments. In such a scenario, it is necessary to look for safer, herbal, cost-effective alternatives in kidney stone treatment.

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your doctor if suffering from any disease. Charak Pharma Pvt. Ltd. does not claim responsibility for this information.

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