Sugary drinks tied to kidney stone risk

Drinking lots of liquids can help painful kidney stones from forming, but not if the liquids are sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda and some juices. That’s the conclusion of a study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, which found that those kind of drinks may actually increase the risk of developing kidney stones.

The study analyzed data from 194,095 participants over an eight-year period, where participants were asked to fill out surveys with information on medical history, lifestyle and medications.  The results led the researchers to conclude that people who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened sodas per day had a 23 percent higher risk of developing kidney stones, as compared to those who were consuming fewer than one serving per week.  On the other hand, they found that consuming coffee, tea and orange juice was associated with lower risk of stone formation.

Roughly 20 percent of American men and 10 percent of American women experience a kidney stone in their lifetimes.  Stones form when solid concentrations of minerals form in the kidneys while it is flushing out urine.  This research provides a simple, yet potentially effective approach.  This research provides a simple, yet potentially effective way for people to avoid the formation of stones.

Soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks are also not only detrimental to kidneys, but could also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity, previous studies have found.

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Sourced from: Science Daily, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Associated With Increased Kidney Stone Risk