Kidney Stones 101 (Infographic)

Sharpen Your Kidney Stone Knowledge

They’re the reason more than half a million people visit the emergency department each year. They’re small, hard mineral deposits that form in your kidneys and often affect your urinary tract.

“Patients can have a higher risk for kidney stones due to their diet or medical conditions,” says Katie L. Trinh, PA-C, a physician assistant in the urology department at Northwestern Medicine. “There are changes you can make in your diet to help prevent stones, such as increase your fluid intake and eat a healthy diet.”

Studies indicate a positive correlation between obesity, waist circumference and BMI, and development of kidney stones. Maintaining a healthy body weight, staying active and eating healthy can help reduce your risk.

Here’s what else you should know about these small — and painful — mineral deposits.

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