Published On: Thu, Mar 10th, 2016

World Kidney Day: Kidney stone cases rise 115 percent in 10 years

London: Emergency hospital admissions for kidney stones have risen by 115% in a decade, figures indicate.

One of the best measures you can take to avoid kidney stones is to drink plenty of water,

One of the best measures you can take to avoid kidney stones is to drink plenty of water.

The number of people admitted to hospital after visiting A&E for the ­condition rose from 5,842 in 2004-05 to 12,572 cases in 2014-15, the Natural Hydration Council (NHC) said.

Kidney stones are lumps that can develop in the kidneys. The condition is more likely to occur when a person does not drink enough fluid or if they are taking certain types of medication.

The figures suggest that almost ­two-thirds of cases affect men, according to the analysis of data from hospital ­admissions in England.

Prof Tom Sanders, an adviser to the NHC – a not-for-profit bottled-water association – and ­emeritus professor of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, said: “The increased prevalence of obesity ­probably explains why kidney stones and chronic kidney disease are increasing.

“The best dietary advice available to prevent these conditions is to maintain a healthy weight, avoid adding salt to food, eat five portions of fruit and ­vegetables a day and [have] water as your first choice beverage.”

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