Overweight people may be more likely to develop kidney stone

January 26, 2010 | In: Medical facts

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According to a study by researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, overweight people are more at risk of forming kidney stones compared with those people whose weight falls within normal limits.

Kidney stones are deposits of minerals and salts which are formed in the kidney. The Crossing of these kidney “stones” into the bladder can be extremely painful, requiring in some cases surgery to removing the stones.

Recent studies have shown that there is some link between obesity and the kidney stones formation .The phenomenon is caused by the presence of certain substances into the obese people bloodstream .

The study was conducted from 2002 – 2006, per 95,000 persons. U.S. researchers have identified 3257 people who had kidney stones. Among them were two times more men than women, and the risk of forming stones increases with age.

On average, one in 40 people with normal weight was diagnosed with kidney stones, compared with one in 20 of overweight persons.

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