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Soda Drinkers Beware: Drinking Soda May Cause Kidney Stones

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(CBS Charlotte) — Among the many health reasons why you might want to limit your soda and sugary drink consumption, there’s another health concern — kidney stones.

According to a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, daily soda drinkers increase their chances of developing kidney stones, while infrequent soda or sugary beverage drinkers were less likely to suffer from the condition.

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It was previously recommended that people who have suffered from kidney stones in the past should “drink more fluids,” to reduce the likelihood of developing more kidney stones, however, the recent study suggests that drinking sugary drinks has the opposite effect and contributes to the formation of new kidney stones.

It is now recommended that people who have suffered from kidney stones in the past choose water over sugary beverages, to reduce the likelihood of developing new stones.

Do you know the symptoms associated with kidney stones?

Symptoms

- Back, groin, abdomen and/or genital pain that often comes on suddenly and gets worse. Passing a kidney stone can easily be described as the worst pain you’ve ever had.

- Feeling nauseous, with or without vomiting.

- Visible blood in your urine, in addition to painful urination.

- Elevated body temperature, fever.

If you have any combination of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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