Kidney Stones | Genetics

Who Gets Stones?

The number of people who get kidney stones has been increasing over the past several decades, with the probability of getting a kidney stone in your life estimated at around 15% in the United States.

The following groups of people are more likely to get kidney stones: men, Caucasians, people between the ages of 40 and 60, people in hot and dry climates, obese individuals and those who have recently gained weight, those who have had multiple kidney or urinary tract infections and patients with a family history of kidney stones.

Several other factors increase your general risk for developing a kidney stone, such as: having previously had a kidney stone, not drinking enough fluids, high-protein or low-fiber diet, not maintaining an active lifestyle, and having previously had surgery to remove a kidney or correct small intestine problems.