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Smoking and heavy drinking leads to increase in women with kidney stones

A rise in bad habits such as smoking and binge drinking is behind the dramatic increase in the number of women getting kidney stones according to a leading expert from Barts Hospital presenting at the European Section of Urolithiasis (EULIS) Stone Conference. Urology Consultant Mr Noor Buchholz said the number of women undergoing kidney stone surgery at Barts Hospital had doubled compared to five years ago.
Kidney stones can be caused by a number of factors including a diet of too much meat and salt, having a sedentary lifestyle and smoking and drinking excessively.
Mr Buchholz stated: “Forty years ago, men used to be three times more likely to require kidney stone treatment than women. But since then, there has been a seven-fold increase in the number of women undergoing treatment– a fact which many experts attribute to the rise, which began in the seventies, in women picking up the same bad habits as men including smoking and drinking….One in eight people in this country will develop kidney stones at some point. Traditionally they were seen as a man’s disease, but that is no longer the case with women fast catching up with men.”
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