stones affect approximately 3.8 million people in the U.S.
each year and they are especially more common in the summer.
The stones are described as small, hard deposits of mineral
and acid salts that form when urine becomes concentrated. The
minerals crystallize and stick together, forming a stone which
can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball.
to Mayo Clinic nephrologist William Haley, heat, humidity and
lack of proper hydration all lead to a higher prevalence of
kidney stones in the summer. "The main reason is due to
the amount of water we take in and use. Our bodies are made up
of mostly water and we use it regularly. But in the heat, we
may not be drinking as much as we should, or taking in the
right types of fluids, so we become dehydrated, which can lead
to more stones."
Haley adds, "Kidney stones are really very common — up
to 13 percent of men, and 6 to 7 percent of women, could get a
kidney stone sometime in their life — starting in the 20S
and peaking in the 50S. " Once you get a kidney stone,
you are at risk of getting one again.
tips for avoiding and coping with kidney stones:
Hydration is key. Drinking more water is essential.
is also very important to prevent stones. Oxalate-rich foods,
such as nuts and certain vegetables, coupled with a diet
that's high in protein, sodium and sugar, may increase calcium
in the kidneys and subsequently raise the risk of kidney
stones may not cause problems until they move into the ureter
tube that connects the kidney and bladder. When that occurs, a
stone can bring immense pain as it passes through the urinary
tract into the bladder. As well, many people can experience an
array of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, blood in their
urine or fever. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek
immediate medical attention.