Risk for Diabetes in Patients with Kidney Stones

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Having diabetes can surely predispose a person to a lot of complications. This includes problems with the eye, kidneys and other major organs that human body has. In fact, other studies have established that diabetes can put a person at a greater risk in having kidney stones, because of the biologic effects that diabetes can cause such as dehydration which can lead to development of kidney stones. Although, the link on the reverse association that kidney stones can put a risk of diabetes to a person is not yet recognized, a new study has established a link.

Kidney stones are hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. These stones are usually composed of formed calcium deposits that lodge into the kidneys. Symptoms of having kidney stones include: blood in the urine, flank pain, and pain in the abdomen. On the other hand, diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the pancreas either produces not enough insulin or does not produce insulin at all which in turn increases the amount of sugar in the blood.

The new study involves the assessment and analysis of data from about more than 94,000 adult Taiwanese. Series of medical history taking were done in order to identify the number of people who have history of having kidney stones. The researchers found out that among the examined study participants, there were about 30 per cent who are at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes for the next five years as to those individuals with no history of kidney stones.

In addition, further comparison of data were done using the medical records of the study participants, and the researchers discovered that among them, 23,000 received treatment for kidney stones and from this 12.4 per cent have developed diabetes.  This data were compared to about 9.6 of individuals who had developed diabetes among the 70,700 study participants who does not have history of kidney stones.

In order to have a more accurate finding, the researchers have taken into consideration those risk factors which are similar for both diseases such as age and nutritional status, that of those who are obese.  But the researchers still found out that kidney stone is tied up with a one-third increase risk of developing diabetes

According to the lead researcher, Dr. Herng-Ching Lin of Taipei Medical University, although the link between the two diseases is unclear, still the results of the study may call the attention of those individuals who have kidney stones and pay attention to a healthier lifestyle.

Statistically speaking, it has been said by the NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes  and Digestive and Kidney Diseases), “More than 10 percent of people, or more than 20 million, ages 20 years and older in the United States have CKD. And that “for every 1 million U.S. residents, 1,752 were being treated for ESRD as of the end of the calendar year.”

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