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Cases of Painful Kidney Stones Rising Steadily


Cases of painful kidney stones rising steadily especially in women. Kidney stones are a painful health condition and it may be increasing among both men and women in the US, says a new study.


Mayo Clinic researchers used data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project to investigate the rise in stone. Their findings were published Monday in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Kidney stones are small masses of salts and minerals that form inside the kidneys and about 5% of people develop a kidney stone in their lifetime, according to the National Health Service (NHS).

The researchers looked at the prevalence of kidney stones from residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota—from 1984 to 2012. Their findings showed that women ages 18 to 39 had the highest increase.

Kidney stones are caused by unbalancing of the compounds such as fluid, minerals, salts, and other substances in the body. Too much calcium in the urine was one of the causes to form the stones in many of these patients but not all of them, and specifically, not drinking enough fluids was the main factor.

Kidney stones are very painful which comes in waves and spreads from the lower back to the inner thigh.

You can prevent the condition by simply changing your diet, avoiding foods that contain oxalates such as beetroot, chocolate, celery, soy products, rhubarb, leeks, and grains.

“Symptomatic kidney stones are becoming more common in both men and women,” says Andrew Rule, M.D., lead investigator of this study. “This is due in part to the increased use of CT scans to diagnose kidney stones.” “We are now diagnosing symptomatic kidney stones that previously would have gone undiagnosed because they would not have been detected.”