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Kidney Stone Season

by Howard Gerber on September 27, 2012

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Kidney Stone Season

There’s only one way to beat the summer heat in the South: a tall, cool glass of sweet iced tea… which may be why so many southerners suffer from kidney stones. Dehydration is the major cause of kidney stones, but incidents are trending up drastically over the last decade, as much as 30%. Doctors who specialize in such studies strongly suspect the culprit is the American diet.

Kidney stones are formed when a concentration of minerals collects in the kidney, often forming jagged constructions that are painful and difficult to pass. During the summer, people sweat out more fluid, leaving the kidneys high and dry, a perfect environment to foster the growth of stones. It’s a common problem, affecting about 10% of all Americans. People who form one are far more likely to have more. [continue reading…]

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