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Fred and Sangeeta talked to Bhaskar Somani, Consultant, about the rise in the number of people with kidney stones.
We're drinking too much tea and fizzy drinks - and not exercising enough - and doctors in the South say THAT'S behind a dramatic rise in the number of patients suffering from kidney stones.
If you've ever had them, you'll know they are extremely painful and in some cases can go undetected for years. But Southampton General Hospital has seen admissions rise 40 percent in recent years.
The advice is - drink water - and LOTS of it. In a moment, we'll speak to the surgeon who sees hundreds of patients with kidney stones every year. But first, Christine Alsford has met one man who knows all too well the pain they cause.
A leading surgeon has warned that a “malicious combination" of obesity, poor hydration, high blood pressure and a lack of exercise is behind a surge in cases of kidney stones.
Bhaskar Somani, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, said admissions for renal stone treatment in England had risen by 20% over the past seven years to more than 90,000, with prevalence of up to 50% higher in obese patients.
He said poor diets and lifestyles were “fuelling” the development of the condition, with consumption of too much animal protein and levels of salt and sugar creating the “perfect environment" for stones to form.