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.
“Certain people are genetically predisposed to developing kidney stones, but the reality is everyone is susceptible getting them in their lifetime for a variety of reasons,” says Robert B. Nadler, MD, urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Luckily, there are behavioral modifications and lifestyle changes that you can make, such as eating a healthy diet and maintaining a fluid consumption rate, to minimize your risk of developing kidney stones.”
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.