Researchershave found that between 1994 and 2010 the number of Americansaffected with kidney stones has nearly doubled, leading the medicalcommunity to believe that obesity 'epidemic' may be the cause.
Researchersfrom the RAND Corp and the University of California, Los Angelesreport that Americans suffer more from kidney stones than fromdiabetes, stroke, or heart disease. "Kidney stones are becominga very common health condition in the United States," Dr.Charles Scales Jr., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs clinical scholar in the David Geffen School ofMedicine departments of urology and medicine at UCLA, said toHealthDay.
Kidneystones are "an accumulation of crystals of substances that aredissolved in urine and for reasons that are not well understood, formrocks," Scales said. Most kidney stones are caused by diet andlifestyle. "People with a history of kidney stones also are morelikely to have histories of diabetes, obesity and gout."
"Toprevent stones from forming, the most important things are diet andlifestyle interventions such as drinking plenty of fluids, eating alow animal-protein diet and having only a moderate amount of salt."
Eatinga low-animal-protein diet as well as decreasing salt intake andincreasing water and lemonade intake can help kidney stone sufferersfrom getting further stones.