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Diabetes Ups Kidney Stone Risk

Each year, more and more people worldwide are having kidney stones—solid mass of accumulated calcium, uric acid or other substances. There’s a possibility that diabetes is a predisposing factor for acquiring kidney stones made of uric acid, according to a report published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota discovered strong link between diabetes and kidney stones after conducting a study involving 3,561 residents of Olmsted County. Diabetes emerged as a significant factor in developing kidney stones, as shown in the study.

In finding the association between diabetes and uric acid kidney stone, the team analyzed the stone type of 269 randomly selected participants.

Out of 10 patients with uric acid stones, 40 percent have diabetes. The percentage is higher compared to calcium stones (9 percent) and participants without kidney stones (7 percent). It was found that patients with uric kidney stones had five times increased risk of having diabetes, after accounting for the body mass index of the participants.

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