Thursday, July 26, 2012
The heat wave is forcing more people to seek treatment at local hospitals, not for heat exposure, but because of kidney stones.
Doctors said patients aren’t drinking enough water, which causes dehydration and creates kidney stones.
“There's also such a thing as the 'stone belt' which includes the Midwestern and southern states where you tend to see higher concentration of stone development,” said Dr. Tim Richardson.
Local farmers, who are used to working out in the intense heat, can be more prone to developing kidney stones.
“I've had several so far and they always hit in the summer and the doctor tells me you're not drinking enough water,” Mic Rausch said.
Doctors said a patient’s diet and genetics can also put more people at risk. Too much caffeine, almonds, leafy greens and chocolate can also contribute to developing kidney stones.
To help beat the heat and lower your risk of developing kidney stones, health officials advise people to drink plenty of water or lemonade.