Experts: Higher temps could mean greater risk for developing kidney stones


Experts say warmer temperatures may mean a higher risk for developing kidney stones, and doctors are sending warning signs that South Carolina residents are ate a higher risk for developing them.

The Kidney Stone Center of Charleston says the Lowcountry has one of the highest kidney stone rates in the state.

"South Carolina is very high," said Dr. Denny Kubinski with Roper St. Francis. "Again it has to do with dehydration and it has to do with diet. But also obesity is very highly correlated with stones, diabetes is correlated with stones so you know part of it is genetics you can't prevent it but truly most of it is preventable with general common sense diets and hydration."

The National Kidney Foundation says 1 in 10 people will have a kidney stone. New reports show those rates are increasing across the country, and local doctors are urging people to take a more proactive approach to preventing kidney stones by drinking more water.

Cutting down on salt intake and protein consumption also helps, health experts said.

"Some people have the genetics for kidney stones and there's really very little they can do to completely prevent them, but we can slow them down certainly with a number of options and for people who have stones," Kubinski said. "A lot we do for metabolic procedures specifically why they're making them and how to stop them, but in general hydration is the key."

Kubinski also says kidney stones are more prevalent in the South -- and part of that has to do with diet.

Experts say common foods like fruit, vegetables, and even chocolate can contribute to forming stones. Eating them in moderation is key.

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