Mr. Writerdd, who has had kidney stones many times, sent me an email today with an article claiming that global warming may cause an increase in the occurrence of kidney stones. I don’t know about you, but this sounds fishy to me:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One more unwanted consequence of global warming may be an increase in cases of kidney stones in areas with rising temperatures, U.S. researchers said on Monday…
They forecast increases of up to 30 percent in kidney stone cases in some areas — meaning millions more people would get the condition. The annual cost in the United States of treating kidney stone cases could increase by 2050 by about $1 billion per year — 25 percent more than current levels, they added.
Anyone have time to look into this further? I’d be interested in knowing more about this. I just don’t see how an average annual temperature change of a couple of degrees can make that much difference to an individual human body. I mean, do more people get kidney stones in the summer? I have no idea but it seems to me that if increased temperatures increase the likelihood of kidney stones, that we should be having epidemics in summer months. Maybe I’m missing something.