Will Kidney Stone Cases Rise Due To Global Warming?

January 20, 2022
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Kidney stone is a painful condition caused due to hard deposits of minerals that form in urine and cause pain when passing through the urinary tract. The occurrence of this condition has risen in the previous 20 years, especially among women and adolescents.

A study in South Carolina, USA  was carried out using two different  models to gauge the effects of heat associated kidney stone conditions. South Carolina is one of the sunnier regions in the USA.

Roughly one in eleven Americans has suffered from kidney stone disease and these instances have been rising.

The risk of kidney stone disease increases during hotter seasons due to heavy dehydration resulting in concentrated urine and altered urinary flow. Thus higher temperatures due to global warming might lead to a rise in kidney stone patients.

As per the two models used to study the quantifiable rise in kidney stone’s occurrences have two possibilities. If there is an urgent reduction in greenhouse gasses then the cases will rise by nearly 2.2%. And if there is unrestrained release of greenhouse gasses then the cases will spike by 3.9%.

In 2008 Brikowski’s study had indicated that in the USA kidney stone’s disease epicenters from 2000 at 40% will increase to 56% by 2050. The understanding of the disease has moved forward since then and the studies are precisely pointing towards the climate crisis as the impetus.

Scientists believe many other diseases will be triggered and kidney stone’s will remain just one of the many health issues attributable to climate change.

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