Kidney stones be­com­ing more com­mon among women

Iran Daily - - Health -

Kidney stones are be­com­ing more com­mon, es­pe­cially in women, new re­search found.

Bet­ter di­ag­nos­tic tools could be part of the rea­son for the steady rise in di­ag­noses, ac­cord­ing to Mayo Clinic re­searchers, UPI wrote.

Lead re­searcher Dr. An­drew Rule said, “We are now di­ag­nos­ing symp­to­matic kidney stones that pre­vi­ously would have gone un­di­ag­nosed be­cause they would not have been de­tected.”

Rule and his col­leagues an­a­lyzed the records of more than seven, 200 res­i­dents of Olm­sted County, Minn., the US, who were di­ag­nosed with kidney stones for the first time be­tween 1984 and 2012. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors found that women — es­pe­cially those 18 to 39 years old — de­vel­oped stones more of­ten than men. They were most likely to have so-called in­fec­tion stones, blamed on chronic uri­nary tract in­fec­tions.

Blad­der stones were less com­mon. How­ever, they were found more of­ten in men, be­cause of block­ages in­volv­ing the prostate gland.

Peo­ple prone to kidney stones should make some changes to their diet to help pre­vent re­cur­rences, the re­searchers ad­vised.

This may in­clude drink­ing more water, re­duc­ing salt in­take and eat­ing less meat.

The re­searchers noted that their find­ings may not ap­ply to ev­ery­one be­cause study par­tic­i­pants were mainly white.

White peo­ple have a higher risk for kidney stones than other racial groups, they said.

Also, whether some­thing be­sides bet­ter imag­ing tech­niques is re­spon­si­ble for kidney stones be­ing found more of­ten in women will re­quire fur­ther study, the re­searchers said.

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