The Link between Kidney Stones and Gallstones

The news source is Reuters and the study was conducted by Maine Medical Center in Portland.

A new study was conducted which confirmed that there is a linkage between having a kidney stones with gallstones and vice versa.

It is a known fact that obesity, diabetes and having a generally unhealthy diet put people at risk for both kidney and gall stones. However, having both at the same time remains questionable since their stones were formed out of different origin wherein kidney stones are made of calcium and gallstones of cholesterol, most of the time.

In the study, the researchers gathered data from three different long-term studies conducted by medical professionals who then reported any new medical conditions every two years afterward. In total, more than 240,000 people were followed for between 14 and 24 years. In that point, there were about 5,100 new kidney stones diagnosed and almost 18,500 new cases of gallstones. Regardless of gender, age and race, people with history of gallstones were between 26 – 32 percent more likely to get a kidney stone than people who hadn’t ever had gallstones. Meanwhile, having the past history of kidney stones meant study participants was between 17 – 51 percent more likely to report a new gallstone.

According to the researchers, the chances of getting both types of stones can possibly be dependent on the possibility of the bacteria shifting in the intestines. With that, they reiterated that controlling weight and having healthy diet might be a big help in reducing one’s risk of having any complication. But, in case there is any factor (ex. high cholesterol) that predisposes one to have any type of the stones, then, the problem needs to be treated right away as not to further any more illnesses.

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