Daily Archives: January 8, 2014

Kidney stones and weight

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Kidney stone. Source: Public domain

Ever have a kidney stone? I haven’t, but based on people I’ve talked to who’ve had them, there is almost nothing as painful as passing a kidney stone. Even women who’ve had children and also had kidney stones claim it is as painful if not more painful than childbirth.

Surprise surprise, a common risk factor for developing kidney stones is being overweight. Let’s just call this reason 1,381,454 to lose weight.

Body fat composition and occurrence of kidney stones in hypercalciuric children:

In conclusion, an increased %BF was associated with an increased occurrence of kidney stones in children with idiopathic hypercalciuria.

Obesity, weight gain, and the risk of kidney stones:

Obesity and weight gain increase the risk of kidney stone formation. The magnitude of the increased risk may be greater in women than in men.