Kidney stones–the new health epidemic?

Ask anyone who’s ever had one, and they’ll tell you… You don’t want kidney stones.

Yet, twice as many people have kidney stones today, compared to 1990.

That’s the finding from a group of UCLA researchers, published in the journal European Urology.

They reviewed a huge database–surveys sent to U.S. households between 2002 and 2010, known as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

In those households, a staggering 12,110 people reported having kidney stones.

But what’s especially troubling about this burgeoning epidemic is that, for most people, kidney stones are EASY to prevent.

You’ve got to drink more water. Simple as that.

I recommend drinking the amount of water in ounces that your body weighs in kilograms. (Just divide your weight by 2.2, and that’s the number of ounces of water you need every day.)

This is also another good reason to quit the sodas and sugary drinks if you haven’t already. Believe me, people who rely on those drinks are dehydrating themselves. And they’re the ones who will end up with the agonizing pain of kidney stones.

“Prevalence of Kidney Stones in the United States,” European Urology 2012; 62: 160-165