Folks who’ve had kidney stones often refer to them as “the worst pain” they’ve ever experienced.
The stones are actually hard deposits made up of salt and minerals. They’re created by your body when an excess of certain minerals starts to build up in your urine.
They form inside the kidneys. But they can make their way into other parts of your urinary tract, causing the agonizing pain we associate with them.
The stones, which range in size from tiny specks to a couple of inches across, tend to occur more often in men, folks who are obese, and those with diabetes. And one in 11 of us in the United States is typically at risk for the painful condition.
But research has revealed another surprising factor that could send kidney stone risk skyrocketing. And it’s one that may be putting a whole lot more of us in the crosshairs.
Antibiotics linked to agonizing kidney stones
According to researchers, five common types of oral antibiotics could trigger stones.
The study crunched data from the health records of over 15 million folks in the U.K. The group was narrowed down to nearly 26,000 people who had battled kidney stones and almost 260,000 who never had.
The researchers adjusted their findings for all kinds of expected factors. For example, they took into account other meds people were taking, urinary tract infections, and chronic conditions such as gout and diabetes.
And that’s when the disturbing link came into focus.
A handful of antibiotics stuck out like sore thumbs. Each one was associated with a SIGNIFICANTLY higher risk of having kidney stones.
Folks who developed the painful condition were FAR more likely to have taken any one of the following five kinds of antibiotics in the 12 months before their diagnosis…
- broad-spectrum penicillin
Sulfas were the worst culprits, with a 2.3-fold increase in risk. But they all raised risk significantly.
And equally disturbing, that risk appears to REMAIN elevated for up to five years after taking the drug.
Stop overusing or misusing antibiotics
Antibiotics are hugely popular. Every year folks fill over 200,000 prescriptions. And for a good reason. They can be LITERAL lifesavers.
On the other hand there is a problem with these drugs. The trouble is they’re also often overused and misused.
In fact, antibiotics are useless in 20 percent (or more) of the cases they’re prescribed for.
And that, of course, contributes to another problem… antibiotic resistance and the strengthening of superbugs.
But now we know superbugs aren’t the ONLY thing you need to worry about. The agony of kidney stones should go on the list too.
If you haven’t changed your habits when it comes to antibiotics yet, it’s time. Overusing or misusing these drugs can be hazardous to your health. And it turns out unbearably painful, too.
Be sure to ask your doc about alternatives to antibiotics for more minor infections. And never take an antibiotic for a virus, which they have no effect on.
Latest posts by Alice Jacob (see all)
- The BIGGEST myth about the second coronavirus shot - April 17, 2021
- Study reveals how to SUPERCHARGE this UTI fix - April 16, 2021
- When is it safe to travel again after vaccination? - April 16, 2021