Summer Is High-Risk Time for Kidney Stones
Ah, summer. The sun, the sand … and kidney stones.
August isِ peak season forِ developing kidney stones.
(More onِ this below.) But theِ primary reason forِ the summertime kidney blues isِ dehydration.
More thanِ 10 percent ofِ Americans willِ develop atِ least oneِ kidney stone duringِ their lifetime.
The ins and outs
William Haley, a nephrologist atِ Mayo Clinic’s Kidney Stone Clinic inِ Jacksonville, Fla., recommends drinking twoِ liters, orِ aboutِ eight cups, ofِ non-caffeinated liquid perِ day.
John Milner, a urologist atِ Loyola University Chicago Stritch School ofِ Medicine, hasِ said thatِ iced tea canِ promote theِ formation ofِ the mostِ common type ofِ kidney stone, theِ calcium oxalate stone.
While thereِ isِ no proof ofِ a connection, anecdotal evidence suggests thatِ drinking glass uponِ glass ofِ iced tea onِ hot days isِ what helps makeِ the American South theِ so-called kidney stone belt.
Our kidney stone diet
But a diet high inِ refined sugars, salt andِ animal protein — thatِ is, theِ typical American diet — doesِ seem toِ beِ a factor.
Excess sodium passing throughِ theِ kidneys causesِ more calcium toِ enter intoِ the urine, raising theِ risk forِ stone formation.
10 New Ways toِ Eat Well] And thenِ there areِ those oxalate-containing foods, suchِ asِ tea.
Summertime and the passing’s uneasy
It couldِ beِ that thoseِ people forming calcium oxalate stones haveِ a propensity toِ doِ so, Haley said.
It mightِ haveِ beenِ too small toِ feel (this time!), butِ it couldِ have caused blood inِ the urine.
It isِ gettingِ hotter; andِ Haley, among othersِ kidney specialists, doesn’tِ rule outِ this factor, givenِ the strong relationship betweenِ summer heat andِ kidney stones.