Mar 14, 2019


Announcer: "The Health Minute" produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Rates of kidney stones are up 30% in the last few years. For many doctors, like urologist Dr. Gary Faerber, treating them can make up over half of his practice. So what's going on?

Dr. Faerber: Well, kidney stones certainly are increasing and they can be extremely painful. Some women say they're more painful than having a child.

Interviewer: Wow. So what can you do?

Dr. Faerber: The best thing to do is to drink more fluids. Americans, only one out of 10 drink enough fluids. I recommend strongly that patients drink six to eight glasses of water a day, and they need to extend that throughout the entire 24-hour period. The other is it's important to reduce the amount of sodium and reduce the amount of sugars that you intake. Both of those, we know, increase your risk of forming kidney stones.

Interviewer: And genetics, does that play a factor?

Dr. Faerber: It certainly does. You can't run away from your genes, but you can change your behavior. Drink more fluids, avoid salts and avoid sugary drinks.

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