Each year, more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. According to the National Kidney Foundation it is estimated that one in ten people will have a kidney stone at some time in their lives.
The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States increased from 3.8% in the late 1970s to 8.8% in the late 2000s. This increase was seen in both men and women, and both whites and blacks. The lifetime risk of kidney stones is about 19% in men and 9% in women. In men, the first episode is most likely to occur after age 30, but it can occur earlier. Other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity may increase the risk for kidney stones.
We know that hydration and diet is a big contributor to kidney stones. Not necessarily a bad diet..per se. For some people, the body just doesn’t process certain substances good enough, and the result is kidney stone formations. A restricted diet may be in order for that person.
The biggest question is why the increase in kidney stone prevalence in the US.? From 1970 to present we can see an increase in water intake. At least from my point of view, it seems we drink more water on a daily basis than we did 50 years ago. I know I do. The spin off from that has been evident in a crisis of ecological damage being done by all the water bottles that are discarded across our lands and seashores. The “New Age Beverage” category has sky-rocketed in the last 15 years. With our increase of fluid intake and an awareness of healthier eating styles….still kidney stones are on the increase.
I wonder how many of the sufferers out there are the ones who do NOT drink a lot of water daily? It would be interesting to see how many of the half a million people who go to the emergency room each year are the ones who do NOT drink a healthy amount of water each day.
It seems that the increase of kidney stone sufferers could be contributed to something other than water consumption given that vast amount of Americans who DO have bottled water on hand. Could it be the quality of food that we intake daily? I know that is a huge question on the minds of many. And many it’s not a question, they truly believe our food quality has diminished considerably. Could environmental changes be contributing? Maybe something environmental triggers our metabolic processes to alter. There’s a whole list of things in my mind that are questions about the “why”. I’ve read and read different medical articles and found the urologists know that kidney stones are formed for particular reasons within the body of the sufferer, but yet they do not know WHY that particular person’s body does not process calcium or oxalates, or builds up uric acid. They know that it is the cause, but they have yet to determine the WHY.
But there is one proven way to fight the formations of kidney stones BEFORE they are formed. Boosting your citrate level. The kidneys can flush themselves with enough fluid intake and remove deposits that form in the urine. The key is keeping those deposits from clinging together to form stones, thus allowing the kidneys to properly flush themselves and rid the body of the stone-causing deposits. That’s why I say that Stone Away is the most direct approach to stopping kidney stones. Lithotripsy Shockwave Therapy, Laser blasting, surgical extraction, and stints, do nothing for prevention. And they NEVER help the patient fight recurrence. Stopping kidney stones “in their tracks” is what boosting the urine citrate level does. And more and more people each week are new living testimonies to it’s effectiveness.
Maybe with a 19% chance rate among males would be enough to take Stone Away each day even if you’ve never had a kidney stone. ??? I know I take it, and I’ve never had a kidney stone. AND I DON’T WANT THEM. I’ve heard from too many sufferers of how excruciating they are. No thank you!! I’ll have no part in that and I’ll take steps to make sure I don’t. There is a myriad of other health benefits to boosting your citrate level. Maybe I’ll share a piece on that subject. Stay tuned…