Kidney Stones Epidemic Grabs the United States

Kidney stones epidemic grabs the United States, says a recently revealed study by the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Monday.

Professor of medicine and study’s leading author, Dr. John Lieske from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA said in a statement that, “What we’re seeing is an interesting combination of things; certainly, they’ve gone up quite a bit both in men and women. The absolute increase has been similar, but as women started out quite a bit lower 30 years ago, their proportion increases quite a bit more.”


Published study points at the ubiquity of kidney stones among over 10,000 people in Minnesota since a timescale of about three decades as 1984 to 2012. The kidney stones outbreak has caught more than four times among women and more than two times among men across the nation.

However, younger women from the age group of 18 to 39 years old are comparatively higher in number of victims in 62 – 252 cases of the outbreak since 1984 to 2012 as each 100,000 person years. A person year is known as the year lived by each of the participants in the duration of the research.

Dr. Lieske added that, “A lot of it is related to genetics. Too much calcium in the urine is certainly a factor in many of these patients but not all of them, and then there are other things that come into play related to diet and not drinking enough fluids.”