Jul 15, 2008

Global Warming increases Kidney Stones

Another bad effect of global warming! Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Texas Dallas have found that global warming will the kidney stone cases in the United States and around the world. Dehydration is one of the important risk factors linked to kidney-stone and these researchers have found a link between global warming and increased dehydration.

Kidney stone disease or nephrolithiasis, is a common ailment. The kidney stones, which are actually solid crystals that form from dissolved minerals in urine, can be caused by both environmental and metabolic problems. Low volume of urine directly increases the risk by increasing the concentration of stone-forming salts. This situation can arise from either taking in too little fluid or losing too much through dehydration. If you want to stay away from it, intake lots and lots of fluid everyday.

The researchers also predicted that by 2050, increasing temperatures will cause an additional 1.6 million to 2.2 million kidney-stone cases, with up to a 30 percent growth in some specific areas.

These important findings are reported in this week's issue of the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences".


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