Women Twice As Likely To Get Kidney Stone Related Infections

It is known that kidney stones and other obstructions within the urinary tract are more common in men, but surprisingly women are twice as likely to develop infections related to this condition.

In 2011 research showed a dramatic rise in the number of women developing kidney stones. This was attributed to an increase in bad habits, including smoking and drinking. One report specifically indicated that drinking iced tea can lead to painful stones because of its high concentration of oxalate. Oxalate is one of the key chemicals known to lead to the development of kidney stones.

Results published in the journal European Urology, showed that females are much more vulnerable to infection when they become sick with urolithiasis. It also showed that rates of infection, including a swelling throughout the body which started as an infection (known as sepsis), is on the climb.

Much headway has been made in the treatment of sepsis and so the percentage of associated deaths has remained at a fixed rate. This shows we have become better at treating illness when it occurs, but it proves that we have to improve prevention methods. People need to be educated about the steps they can take to improve their own health which will overall promote the prevention of such problems as kidney stones.

Why are women now more susceptible to kidney stones and infections related to them? In this busy world that is constantly on the go, many women forget to take time for themselves to really pay attention to their habits and their health. It’s time to start taking more time to consider our health as a priority, not just for ourselves, but for the future health of the world.

Source: South Asia Mail

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