I was just perusing the Spanish-language version of MSN News that I occasionally check out when I'm bored, and there was an article citing a study that makes a definite connection between obesity and kidney stones. :stone Seems no one knows exactly why, but men who are overweight or obese are 48% more likely than men of normal weight to develop them, while overweight/obese women are 70%
more likely to get them.
Well, that just might explain why my DH and I have had several bouts with the things in the past few years........it's funny in a way, because we always seem to have them within a month or two of each other. He'll get one, moan and groan for a few days, then pass it and be done with it; then a few weeks later, I'll get symptoms of a UTI, go on antibiotics and Pyridium for the bladder spasms, and then one day I'll hear the telltale "plunk" in the potty which tells me I've just passed a stone. (The first time I went through this, I had TWO that were so big I had to have 'em blasted to smithereens.....now that was a whole new world of pain that I never knew existed, even through five births and a case of appendicitis.)
Anyone else heard of this? And what do you think.......is obesity really a risk factor for renal calculi, as the AMA seems to believe it may be, or just another medical 'factoid' designed to scare people into dieting? Inquiring minds want to know!