Prevalence of Kidney Stones Doubles

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LOS ANGELES— The number of Americans suffering from kidney stones between 2007 and 2010 nearly doubled since 1994, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and RAND.

“While we expected the prevalence of kidney stones to increase, the size of the increase was surprising,” says Charles D. Scales, Jr., MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar in the departments of urology and medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Our findings also suggested that the increase is due, in large part, to the increase in obesity and diabetes among Americans.”

The study entitled, “The Prevalence of Kidney Stones” in the United States is being presented today at the 2012 American Urological Meeting in Atlanta and will appear in the July print edition of the journal European Urology.

This is one of the first studies to examine the new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that was collected from 2007 to 2010. NHANES is a program of studies within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.

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