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Increase in Kidney Stones Shows Link to Diabetes

Increase in Kidney Stones Shows Link to Diabetes

Monday, February 12th 2007

Recent studies suggest the incidence of kidney stones is increasing in the United States and worldwide, and diabetes is being seen as a predisposing factor.

A kidney stone is a solid mass consisting of tiny crystals made of calcium, uric acid or other substances. Pain in the back, flank or abdomen is a common feature, plus bloody urine, excessive or painful urination, nausea and vomiting, and other symptoms.

Mayo Clinic researchers led by Dr John Lieske identified 3561 patients with kidney stones between 1980 and 1999. They were matched by age and gender with an equal number of individuals without kidney stones. The researchers also examined patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

After taking into account the effects of age, time of year, high blood pressure and obesity, diabetes was significantly associated with a diagnosis of kidney stones, the team reports in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

For closer scrutiny, Dr Lieske's group obtained a random sample of 269 subjects with confirmed kidney stones and matched them with 260 individuals without kidney stones. The odds of having diabetes in those with kidney stones was of a similar magnitude, but was no longer statistically significant due to the smaller sample size.

However, when the researchers analysed the cases according to stone type, the prevalence of diabetes was 40 per cent among the 10 individuals with uric acid stones, versus 9 per cent among the 112 with calcium stones and 7 per cent in those without kidney stones.

After accounting for the patients' body mass index, patients with uric acid kidney stones had five times the risk of diabetes.

Source, New Zealand Herald, Thursday 1 February 2007

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Kidney Stones or Diabetes:

Blood Sugar
Chromium Picolinate 200mcg
Dandelion Root
High-Dose Chromium
Gymnema Sylvestra
Qsilica Colloidal Silica
Stevia Powder Sachets
Whey Protein Vanilla
KB - Kidney Bladder

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.



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