Hospital admissions for renal stones in the UK have soared over the past decade by 63% to more than 80,000
An increasing number of Brits have kidney stones because they fail to drink enough water.
Hospital admissions for renal stones in the UK have soared over the past decade by 63% to more than 80,000, reveals top surgeon Bhaskar Somani.
The consultant urologist surgeon at Southampton General Hospital added: “There is no sign of this letting up.
“The number of people admitted to hospital due to kidney stones is increasing by 5% to 10% every year, yet people remain unaware and, in some cases in denial, about the significance of preventative measures.”
The condition in Britain affects 10% to 20% of men and 3% to 5% of women between the ages of 20 and 60 years.
Crystals of salt accumulate into lumps and are not flushed out due to a lack of adequate hydration, which is up to three litres of water a day.
Mr Somani says: “A healthy lifestyle, diet and fluid intake is best to stop development and recurrence of stones.
“Around 50% of patients treated are likely to have a recurrence within ten years, largely due to complacency around hydration.
“We face an uphill battle to change the mindset.”