pH vs. Kidney Stones

pH vs. Kidney Stones

Low urine pH leads to an increase in uric acid stone formation leading to nephrolithiasis (kidney stones).

Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for nephrolithiasis in general and has been associated with uric acid stones in particular. Obesity and type 2 diabetes have reached epidemic proportions worldwide and have been implicated as risk factors for nephrolithiasis.

According to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN May 2006 Vol 17 No. 5 1422-1428), a study was conducted of 91 people to examine the pathophysiologic mechanisms that underlie the strong association between type 2 diabetes and uric acid nephrolithiasis. A low urine pH is the predominant metabolic abnormality in uric acid stone disease. The primary risk factor identified in patients with type 2 diabetes was a low urine pH. In addition, both uric acid stone formers (UASF) and patients with type 2 diabetes demonstrated obesity and elevated blood sugar, which are characteristics of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. Again, a low urine pH was the single most important and invariant finding in patients prone to form uric acid stones. Also, this study found that low urine pH correlates with a higher rate of obesity in patients prone to have nephrolithiasis. The study concludes that in patients with type 2 diabetes, the main risk factor for uric acid nephrolithiasis is a low urine pH.

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You can read these facts and more at the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:

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