Added sugar may increase the risk of kidney stones, study suggests

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According to researchers, consuming meals with added sugars, such as soft drinks, ice cream, and cakes, may raise the chance of kidney stones by 40%. The study which is published in Frontiers in Nutrition evaluated epidemiological data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which covered 28,303 adult women and men from 2007 to 2018.

Lead author, Dr. Shan Yin said:

“Ours is the first study to report an association between added sugar consumption and kidney stones. It suggests that limiting added sugar intake may help to prevent the formation of kidney stones.”

The findings imply that restricting added sugar consumption may aid in preventing kidney stone development.


How was the study conducted?

Foods with added sugar must be consumed in moderation. (Image via Unsplash/ Afif Ramdhasuma)added sugars for each participant was calculated based on their recall of the food and beverages they had most recently consumed.

The probabilities of getting kidney stones were adjusted by the researchers each year throughout the experiment for a number of explanatory variables. Gender, age, race or ethnicity, relative income, BMI, HEI-2015 score, smoking status, and history of diabetes were some of these variables.

The number of calories from added sugars was consistently and positively connected with kidney stone development, according to the research, even when these factors were taken into account.


Relation between kidney stones and added sugar

Kidney stone may cause symptoms like stomach ache, nausea, etc. (Image via Pexels/ Andrea Piacquadio)sugar consumption may not be a bad idea, even though the study did not conclusively show that added sugar causes kidney stones per se. This may also help reduce risks for cardiovascular disease, cognitive problems, diabetes, obesity, and several malignancies.

Edited by Divya Singh

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