Stone Cold Facts

A U.S. man had about a 1 in 16 chance of developing a kidney stone in 1994, and about 1 chance in 10 by 2010.

For women, the increase in risk grew from about 1 in 25 to about 1 in 14 between 1994 and 2010. According to the most recent research, kidney stone incidence increased twofold among men and fourfold among women between 1984 and 2012. Surprisingly, young women saw the largest increase, with the rate among women ages 18 to 39 jumping more than fourfold from a 1 in 1,612 chance in 1984 to a 1 in 284 chance in 2012. Among children, the rate grew 4.7% annually, on average, to a doubling of risk since 1997.

P.S. Health experts blame the increasing rate of developing kidney stones on processed foods high in salt and sugar-sweetened beverages that have become the drink of choice instead of water.