A new study performed by several doctors working for Pediatric Hospital in Philadelphia has revealed a very disturbing fact. According to the study, nephrolithiasis is more common among teens in the last decades.
According to Doctor Gregory E. Tasian, a pediatric urologist working for the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, it would seem that the cases of kidney stones are on the rise. The doctor, who also participated in the study, blames the emergence of the kidney stones on the low calcium intake.
Moreover, the doctor also managed to point out that besides the low calcium, the patients came it with high levels of sodium. Usually, the two prominent culprits, in this case, are poor hydration, doubled by poor eating habits.
In terms of nephrolithiasis, Tasian also stressed out that those who develop this affliction are at risk at developing other associated diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, bone afflictions and kidney disease.
The numbers are coming in
The result of this study has proven that young women are more susceptible of developing kidney stones than man.
In order to determine if there is a pattern here, the team of researchers had to consult 16-years worth of medical data. The study started in 1997 and ended in 2007. During this period of time, the research team had to look at various factors that may contribute to the occurrence of this disease, such as age, gender, sexual activity.
A team of scientists from the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia has determined that nephrolithiasis is more common among teens. Moreover, it would seem that over the past decade, the number of cases has increased. Most of the doctors attribute this change to the lack of hydration and poor eating habits.
During the 16-year period, the number of cases related to kidney stones has increased by 10 percent. There are also additional facts that have to be taken in consideration. For example, the team has discovered that males and females have double chances of developing nephrolithiasis during early childhood.
In the case of women, there is a 45 percent chance that the disease might affect her future development. Moreover, it would seem that women between 10 and 25 are more susceptible to this disease than males.
Also, taking race into consideration, it would seem that African-America children, teens and adults are more vulnerable to this disease than whites. According to the data, African-American children and teen are 15 percent more likely to get this disease.
The study was published in the journal of Nephrology.