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Entries in kidney stones (1)

Monday
Jul012013

BEER SAVES KIDNEYS!

Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas and energy drinks can significantly increase the risk of kidney stones, according to a recently published Italian study.

Help is at hand, though, because the same study found that beer can significantlly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The study, by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome, examined data from almost 200,000 middle-aged adults who had never contracted kidney stones. The study followed them for eight years, when 4462 of the subjects contracted kidney stones, mostly those who drank sugary drinks.

"Our prospective study confirms that some beverages are associated with a lower risk of kidney stone formation, whereas others are associated with a higher risk," study co-author Dr. Pietro Manual Ferraro, a kidney specialist at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome, said in a statement.

According to the Washington Post, those who drank one or more sugar-sweetened cola drinks a day had a 23% higher risk of contracting kidney stones than subjects who drank them once a week. For sugar-sweetened non-cola drinks (like sports drinks), the risk was 33% higher if they were drunk once a day versus once a week.

Of all the drinks with the ability to lower the risk of kidney stones, beer was the best. No surprise there. It usually is. For everything.

Drunk between once a day and once a week, beer lowered the risk of kidney stones by an astonishing 41%. Wine helped, too, with a 33% reduction for white wine drinkers and a 31% reduction for red wine drinkers.

Coffee also helped (26%), as did tea (11%) and orange juice (12%). But the moral of the story is that beer is best, and it’s tangible.

Beer is therefore almost four times better for you than orange juice. Narrow argument? Narrow schmarrow. It suits us. It’s four times better.

Kidney stones form when the urine becomes too concentrated, which allows mineral and acid salts to join forces and crystallize and depending on their size, they can tear apart the middle of a man's tallywacker. Some of the known causes include obesity, dehydration, urinary tract infections, bad diet and some medicines.

The US alone records more than 300,000 emergency room visits and a million doctors' visits for kidney stones, which the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology estimates will affect around 20% of American men (and 10% of women) in their lives.