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Guzzle water (or even beer) to prevent kidney stones
Doctors recommend drinking a lot of fluids to help prevent kidney stones, but this study found that the type of fluid consumed could affect the risk of developing painful kidney stones. Researchers analysed data from 194,095 people who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study I, Nurses’ Health Study II, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up study. None of the participants had a history of kidney stones at the start of the study. Over the median eight-year follow-up 4,462 people developed kidney stones. Researchers found that drinking one or more servings of sugar-sweetened cola per day was associated with a 23% increased risk of developing kidney stones, drinking that amount of sugar-sweetened non-cola soda with a 33% higher risk, and drinking that amount of sugar-sweetened punch with an 18% higher risk, compared to drinking less than one serving per week. Conversely, drinking orange juice, coffee, tea, wine, and beer was associated with lower risk of developing kidney stones.