Factors That Increase Chances Of Kidney Stones

By Navya Kharbanda
26 May 2022

Stones in the kidney can cause severe pain in some cases. Dr. Nitin Srivastava, Urologist, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram, lists out the common risk factors of kidney stones.

Obesity

Obese people have more acidic urine than a normal weight person. People who are overweight excrete more calcium and uric acid, putting them at a higher risk.

Family History

Genes play a major role in deciding the body fluids, including your urine. Thus, family history is a risk factor of kidney stone formation in many people.

Dehydration

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of less water content in the body, resulting in kidney stone formation. Drink plenty of water to modify this risk factor.

Hormonal Imbalance

The parathyroid gland helps in regulating the calcium levels of your blood. Any abnormality in this gland can become a risk factor of getting kidney stones.

Recurrent UTI

Recurrent UTI is another risk factor of kidney stones. In patients with Urinary Tract Infection, the chemical nature of urine changes due to the bacterial interaction.

Junk Food

Foods rich in salt and calories can make your body more dehydrated and increase the risk of kidney stone formation. Instead, include fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Urinary Tract Abnormality

Any type of anatomical or structural abnormality in the urinary tract can also cause kidney stones. The risk is greater because it leads to less drainage of urine.

Kidney stones can affect anyone anytime, but there are certain modifiable and non-modifiable factors that put you at a higher risk.