Sweetened Drinks Are a Risk to Your KidneysA Lot of Sugar Is Bad For Kidneys

According to a publication on May 15th 2013, 20% American males and 10% females experience kidney stones at some point in their lives. The remedy for this problem according to the physicians is for the patients to drink lots of fluids in order to prevent the occurrence of the kidney stones again. A new research that was carried out in Brigham and Women’s Hospital indicates that there are some beverages that are of less help than others, when a patient wants to prevent the formation of the kidneys stones again.

If a person consumes a lot of soda that is sweetened with sugar, there is a higher risk having kidney stones. This is as per a publication that was posted on the Clinical Journal of The American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) on 15th May, 2013. A physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Mr. Gary Curhan, MD, ScD revealed that their study on the matter indicated that the relation between the fluids we take and the formation of the kidney stones is mostly dependent on the type of drink that we are used of taking. A high number of kidney stones cases are mostly brought about by the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.

The Determining Research about Kidney Stones

A group of researchers from different associates was organized to look into the major causes of kidney stones. The three groups Nurses’ Health Study I, II and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) did an analysis involving 194,095 volunteers for duration of about 8 years. The participants in every group had directives to complete a questionnaire about medical history every two years of the research. The questionnaire checked on the lifestyle, history and the medication of the subject. Information about the diet was checked and recorded after 4 years. The study indicated that those who took more servings of sugar-sweetened soda in a day had a 23% risk higher, of developing kidney stones. This was contrary to their counterparts who consumed only one serving of sweetened cola in a week. This was the same case for those who took other sweetened drinks apart from sodas. The drinks that were associated with a lower rate of kidney stones formation were orange juice, coffee and tea

The Results of the Study

A corresponding author of this study from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome Mr. Pietro Manuel Ferraro, MD, said that this study did confirm that some drink were found to have a lesser association with kidney stones formation, while other posed a high risk of the formation of the stones. He was quick to add however that, although high fluid intake helped to reduce the chances of kidney stones formation, people should be alert about the individual drinks that they are taking.