• Linking Diabetes and Kidney Stones

    Anyone who has ever suffered from kidney stones are likely to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
    Numerous previous studies have shown, people with diabetes tend to suffer from kidney stones than those who do not have diabetes. .
    As in a recent study, found that among more than 94,000 Taiwanese adults, those with a history of kidney stones, about 30 percent less tendency to develop diabetes five years later, than those who do not have a history of kidney stones.
    Based on the existing health records, more than 23,000 people treated for kidney stones, 12.4 percent have diabetes later in life. While of 70 700 patients who did not have a kidney stone disease, only 9.3 percent have diabetes later in life.
    Kidney stones and diabetes have similar risk factors, that is associated with overweight or obesity and age.
    However, although the investigators included age, obesity and other health factors, risk of kidney stones caused diabetes-third higher.
    The researchers, led by Dr. Herng-Ching Lin of Taipei Medical University, did not know the exact cause of both linkages. But they suspect it is related to processes occurring in the body, causing the two diseases appear.
    Kidney stones can occur if the urine contains a lot of crystal-forming substances, such as calcium, urine acid, and oxalate compounds - which can be diluted with fluids that are available. The stones do not cause damage in the long run, but can be very painful to remove.
    According to Lin's research team, there is some evidence that the hormone insulin (regulating blood sugar levels) affects the formation of kidney stones. Research on animals and humans show that high insulin levels can alter the composition of the urine, so that kidney stones will form.
    Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body loses its control on insulin, so that the increased hormone levels.
    The researchers acknowledge, their study has a weakness, because it relies on medical records data of uncertain accuracy. The study also lacked key information, which may explain how kidney stones and diabetes are interrelated. They do not have information about the patient's diet, family health history and exercise habits of patients.
    However, the results can still be used as warning signs for both the risk of disease, kidney stones and diabetes. So the general public could be more careful and keep a healthy lifestyle to prevent it.


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