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    Obesity Epidemic Likely Cause Of Huge Increase In Kidney Stones



    The number of Americans suffering from kidney stones between 2007 and 2010 nearly doubled since 1994, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and RAND.

    "While we expected the prevalence of kidney stones to increase, the size of the increase was surprising," says Charles D. Scales, Jr., MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar in the departments of urology and medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Our findings also suggested that the increase is due, in large part, to the increase in obesity and diabetes among Americans."

    The study entitled, "The Prevalence of Kidney Stones" in the United States was presented at the 2012 American Urological Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia and will appear in the July print edition of the journal European Urology.

    This is one of the first studies to examine the new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that was collected from 2007 to 2010. NHANES is a program of studies within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.

    Scales and his colleagues reviewed responses from 12,110 people and found that between 2007 and 2010, 8.8 percent of the U.S. population had a kidney stone, or one out of every 11 people. In 1994 the rate was one in 20. No data about the national prevalence of kidney stones in the United States were collected between 1994 and 2007.

    Because the survey also asks about other health conditions, and includes measurement of height and weight, the researchers were able to identify associations between kidney stones and other health conditions. The results suggest that obesity, diabetes, and gout all increase the risk of kidney stones.

    The authors assert that these findings have important implications for the public as well as health care providers. "People should consider the increased risk of kidney stones as another reason to maintain a healthy lifestyle and body weight," says Christopher S. Saigal, MD, MPH, senior author, principal investigator within RAND Health for the Urologic Diseases in America project and associate professor of urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "But physicians need to rethink how to treat, and more importantly, prevent kidney stones."

    Currently, the primary approach to treating patients with kidney stones is to focus on the stones. Yet helping patients maintain a healthy diet and body weight can reduce the number of patients with kidney stones.

    "Imagine that we only treated people with heart disease when they had chest pain or heart attacks, and did not help manage risk factors like smoking, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure," says Scales. "This is how we currently treat people with kidney stones. We know the risk factors for kidney stones, but treatment is directed towards patients with stones that cause pain, infection, or blockage of a kidney rather than helping patients to prevent kidney stones in the first place."

    In an accompanying editorial that will also appear in the journal, Brian Matlaga, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, writes that the cost of care for this disease is enormous, and there is no indication that the coming years will see any improvement in this trend. He also warns that, since approximately 10 percent of the population has the disease, a greater emphasis on prevention is imperative


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    Ronny, I am all for freedom and I think we have to many laws, but I find the hypocrisy to be astonishing. So, here in the USA it is illegal to possess anabolic steroids without a prescription because they are considered to dangerous for such a dumb population as the american public. Meanwhile the biggest and best "drug dealers" of the world literally control the american dining economic landscape. Drive down any major street in any town of significance in the United State of America and you will find a fast food restaurant loaded with sugar and fat designed to hook your brain and bring you back. You will also be greeted by a convenience store loaded with food, "drugs," designed to get you "high" and cause you to repurchase the product. We have allowed ourselves to become the most obese population in the world. How can anyone of any intelligence sit here and tell me that I should not be allowed to posses anabolic compounds while I am watching the population die from unhealthiness???

    At what point do we get to make decisions for ourselves and truly live in a free country? No wonder this country is hurting so bad right now.... We lost our freedom, our uniqueness, our identity, and just became a bunch of lazy, fat, fucks looking for a drive through and a free lunch...
    Somebody out there is working harder. Somebody wants it more.


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    Bro,

    You are right, we had a huge discussion on Body of Science about it:

    I well bet any Government Official, or and Dr. That over 1000 Prescribed Medicines available in the USA, approved by the FDA, will do more harm to you than any Steroid could ever do to you!!!
    If there was a huge market for steroids the Government would legalize them, because then they could reap the profits.
    Ever hear the TV commercials here in the USA, Don't take BlahBlah, if you have 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, and 100 other conditions or it can cause liver and kidney failure, Cardiac arrest, blindness and so on... WHY DON'T THEY JUST PUT "DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE IF YOU ARE BREATHING"? Why, because Lilly, Phizer, and a boat load of other already paid Billions to get their Death Drugs on the market. I swear they let them do this to keep the population down.. We need to start killing, not saving...
    'those drugs that kill millions each year...?
    What drugs would those be? As far as I know, the only drugs that come close are alcohol and tobacco.
    ==========
    From Shaffer Library of Drug Policy (sourced through NIDA):
    The number of drug deaths in the US in a typical year is as follows:
    Tobacco kills about 390,000.

    Alcohol kills about 80,000.
    Sidestream smoke from tobacco kills about 50,000.
    Cocaine kills about 2,200.

    Heroin kills about 2,000.

    Aspirin kills about 2,000.

    Marijuana kills 0. There has never been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US history.
    NEVER.

    All illegal drugs combined kill about 4,500 people per year, or about one percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco.
    Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last century.
    Source: NIDA Research Monographs
    ==========
    Not to minimize the death of 4500 people per annum, but isn't it amazing what freedoms we've been willing to abandon over what is, in the end, a rather miniscule "problem?"
    Last edited by RonnyT; 06-13-2012 at 07:28 PM.


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    thanks for sharing this information, its an eye opener


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    Not to Mention the BILLIONS of dollars spent in "The War on Drugs" between LE + Prison.

    The obesity + Gov't support indirectly IMO is in large part due to the Corn lobby and subsidies ( almost everything has corn or a corn by product in it nowadays).
    HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" - good Documentary
    Last edited by ODB; 09-20-2012 at 02:01 PM.
    "GYM + JUICE"


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