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15 Weird Risk Factors for Kidney Stones

Health.com Logo By Maria Masters of Health.com | Slide 1 of 17: Anyone who's ever passed a kidney stone before has probably wondered how something so small (usually, anyway!) can cause so much pain. Unfair, we know. About 1 in 11 people will suffer from a <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22498635">kidney stone</a> in their lifetime—and once you've already had one, you're about 50% more likely to have another. More bad news: At one time, stones primarily affected men, but new research shows that this gender gap has almost closed, possibly due to the <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931286/">rise in obesity</a>.

Can you prevent kidney stones?

Anyone who's ever passed a kidney stone before has probably wondered how something so small (usually, anyway!) can cause so much pain. Unfair, we know. About 1 in 11 people will suffer from a kidney stone in their lifetime—and once you've already had one, you're about 50% more likely to have another. More bad news: At one time, stones primarily affected men, but new research shows that this gender gap has almost closed, possibly due to the rise in obesity.
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