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Drinks high in sugar increase kidney stone risk

Published on 16/05/2013

Drinking beverages high in sugar content such as fizzy drinks could increase the chance of getting kidney stones by 23%, according to a new study.

Drinks high in sugar may cause kidney stones

The research was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

It found that while drinking more fluids has long be associated with reducing the risk of kidney stones, certain types of drinks come with varying risks or benefits.

Drinks excessively sweetened with sugar may increase the odds of developing kidney stones whilst fluids such as tea, coffee and orange juice were far less risky.

Dr Gary Curhan, a lead researcher, said: “We found that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks was associated with a higher incidence of kidney stones.”

According to Bupa, around 5-10% of adults will be affected by pain associated with kidney stones at some point in their life.

The study involved around 195,000 people of all ages and span for more than eight years.

It compared the 4,500 incidents that occurred and found those that consumed a sugar-sweetened cola drink were 23% more likely to develop kidney stones.

Kidney stones are small hard lumps that can develop in either kidney or both and can cause severe pain but are unlikely to be life-threatening.

The NHS advises you to drink plenty of water each day to avoid dehydration and prevent your urine becoming undiluted to prevent waste building up in the kidneys.

Pietro Manuel Ferraro, lead co-author of the study, said: “Although higher total fluid intake reduces the risk of stone formation, this information about individual beverages may be useful for general practitioners seeking to implement strategies to reduce stone formation in their patients."

The majority of health insurance policies cover kidney stones and you can be entitled to treatment at a clinic of your choice with your own private room.

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