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Reducing the risk of kidney stones

April 22, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the most painful experiences for a person is when they have to deal with passing a kidney stone. 

If you are not someone who suffers from kidney stones or urolithiasis, consider yourself fortunate. We have known for years that someone who has one kidney stone is at risk for future events and we do all we can to reduce the chances of new stones by encouraging lifestyle changes that include drinking plenty of water and staying well hydrated. 

A new report finds that genetic factors contribute to the development of the stones in a far more significant way than we previously have thought. The study looked at over 200,000 people in Japan and found that a clear link can be made.  

You can't do much about your genetic risk, but you can make lifestyle changes that can help reduce the chances of stones. 

The authors of the study said that stones were related to obesity and high triglyceride counts and high blood uric acid levels - three things we can control.