Many people describe the pain of passing a kidney stone to that of childbirth.
Indeed, it’s an experience not many forget.
And these nagging little buildups are quite common in adults between the ages of 30 and 60.
But can you imagine your sweet grandchild suffering from one?
Well, according to new research, kidney stones are becoming increasingly common in young children, too.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Eat better, drink more
Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts that get stuck in the urinary tract, often causing excruciating pain.
But they can cause a whole lot more than that… like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
Sadly, doctors are treating kidney stones in younger and younger generations, especially in teenage girls. (But according to the National Kidney Foundation, they can occur in children as young as 5 years old.)
In fact, some research shows that the annual incidence of kidney stones in children has increased 16 percent between 1997 and 2012.
Their best guess is worsening diets and dehydration.
Processed junk foods, like cereals, chips, lunch meat, sports drinks, and more, can force extra minerals into the urine that might eventually clump into a painful stone.
Plus, children, like seniors, are more vulnerable to the heat. Meaning they lose a lot of fluid through sweat, especially during the dog days of summer.
Mix that together with foods that are high in sugar and low in essential nutrients, especially high fructose corn syrup…
And it’s like “trying to dissolve sugar into a nearly empty cup of coffee,” as described by Dr. David Chu, a pediatric urologist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Lead by example
Folks, I’m always preaching that we need to PROTECT our younger generation from childhood obesity. And this is yet another reason WHY.
I mean, do you want your grandchild to endure passing a kidney stone—or having it surgically removed—all because you let them pig out on hyperpalatable Frankenfoods? I didn’t think so.
So, let’s lead by example.
As I always suggest, adopt a healthy, balanced diet full of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Then, be sure to drink plenty of water—and ditch the sugar sweetened beverages.
For more details behind why summer, especially, is kidney stone season—and how you can keep these tiny assailants at bay at any age—check out the July 2018 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives.
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“Kidney stones are rising among children and teens, especially girls, research shows.” Yahoo.com, 07/10/2023. (yahoo.com/lifestyle/kidney-stones-rising-among-children-162838265.html)