Infections from kidney stones and other urinary tract obstructions are twice as common in women as they are in men. In addition, the researchers observed higher rates of complications following one of two urgent treatments for the effects of kidney stones and urinary tract obstructions (urolithiasis).
The research showed that women are at a higher risk for kidney stones and urinary tract obstructions – and their risk of a serious infection, including sepsis, is also higher. On the other hand, related mortality rates remain steady – a trend likely explained by the advances in medicine and treatments.
Lead author Jesse Sammon said, “The research study was conducted because the rate of infection related to urolithiasis was not known, and evidence was unclear about the best method for treating it.”
The study looked at nearly 400,000 patients between 1999 and 2009. During this 10-year period, urolithiasis incidences increased from 15.5 to 27.6 per 100,000 in women. In men, the increase went from 7.8 to 12.1 per 100,000. Sepsis rates were also found to be higher among women, compared to men.
Kidney stones are considered to be one of the most painful experiences a person can undergo. For this reason, and for the fact they can lead to complications, it’s important that you prevent kidney stones as much as possible.
Diet plays a large role in the formation of kidney stones. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid can help you reduce your risk of kidney stones. Consuming a low-oxalate diet is advised, along with some of the following diet tips:
By following these helpful tips, you can have greater success in reducing your risk and preventing kidney stones.