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Can obesity raise your odds of getting kidney stones?

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You’re almost twice as likely to get a kidney stone if you’re obese. That’s when your body mass index is 30 or above. If you’re 5 feet 10 inches tall, obesity starts at 210 pounds.

Weight loss surgery can help you shed pounds and improve your health. But studies suggest that people who have the most common weight loss operation, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, increases your isk of getting stones. Not every weight loss surgery raises the risk. Only the ones that cause malabsorption.

From: What Causes Kidney Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Kidney Stones,” “5 Steps to Preventing Kidney Stones.”

The University of Chicago: “Why Do Kidney Stones Cause Pain?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Kidney Stones: What You Should Know,” “What Causes Kidney Stones?”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones,” “Diet and Kidney Stones.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: “Kidney Disorders Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Obesity-Mild or Severe-raises Kidney Stone Risk,” “Roux-En-Y Weight Loss Surgery Raises Kidney Stone Risk.”

Up-to-Date: “Patient education: Primary hyperparathyroidism (Beyond the Basics),” “Dietary factors and medical problems that increase the risk of kidney stones.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Disease-related Contributors to Kidney Stones,” “Medication Contributors to Kidney Stones.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Kidney Stones,” “5 Steps to Preventing Kidney Stones.”

The University of Chicago: “Why Do Kidney Stones Cause Pain?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Kidney Stones: What You Should Know,” “What Causes Kidney Stones?”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones,” “Diet and Kidney Stones.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: “Kidney Disorders Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Obesity-Mild or Severe-raises Kidney Stone Risk,” “Roux-En-Y Weight Loss Surgery Raises Kidney Stone Risk.”

Up-to-Date: “Patient education: Primary hyperparathyroidism (Beyond the Basics),” “Dietary factors and medical problems that increase the risk of kidney stones.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Disease-related Contributors to Kidney Stones,” “Medication Contributors to Kidney Stones.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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