Kidney stones, clumps made up of solid material that develop in the kidney and cause blockages, usually comprised of calcium and uric acid can be very painful. Over time, they can result in kidney disease for some, especially those with pre-existing risk factors for both kidney disease and kidney stones, like diabetes. But what exactly causes them? A new study has shed some light on the widespread prevalence of kidney stones in a certain region of the country and could also connect the dots between kidney stone cause and effect.
Stanford University School of Medicine in California has investigated climate-related causes for kidney stone development and the results have shown that living in regions with hotter, wetter weather conditions may cause kidney stones to develop with greater likelihood. The reasoning behind this has to do with how the body cools itself, perspiring when hot. Unfortunately, when the weather is hot and also humid, the perspiration has a harder time evaporating and the body unwittingly produces more sweat to compensate for the perceived lack of cooling activity. This activity, over a sustained period of time, could be what is responsible for the formation of kidney stones in the body.
The solution? Ensuring your body has abundant access to alternative means of cooling itself, especially if you live in a part of the world that is susceptible to long stretches of hot, humid weather. Making sure to keep adequately hydrated is of the utmost importance if you want to keep kidney stones from forming and chronic kidney disease from ever knocking on your door.
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