• Gastroenterology

    Why Are Kidney Stones More Common in Summer?

Kidney stones affect approximately 3.8 million people in the U.S. each year, the number of cases is on the rise and they are especially more common in the summer. The stones are described as small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts that form when urine becomes concentrated. The minerals crystallize and stick together, forming a stone which can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball.

According to Mayo Clinic nephrologist Dr. William Haley, M.D., heat, humidity and lack of proper hydration all lead to a higher prevalence of kidney stones in the summer. “The main reason is due to the amount of water we take in and use. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and we use it regularly. But in the heat, we may not be drinking as much as we should, or taking in the right types of fluids, so we become dehydrated, which can lead to more stones.”   Read entire media alert.

Sound bites with Dr. Haley are available in the downloads below.
Expert title for braodcast cg: Dr. William Haley, Mayo Clinic Nephrologist

To interview Dr. Haley contact:
Cindy Weiss @ 904-953-2299 or weiss.cynthia@mayo.edu.