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How can not drinking enough water cause kidney stones?

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You need to make enough urine to dilute the things that can turn into stones. If you don’t drink enough water or you sweat too much, your pee may look dark. It should be pale yellow or clear.

From: What Causes Kidney Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

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 20, 2017

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 20, 2017

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