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Antibiotics Increase Kidney Stone Risk

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Oral antibiotics may raise the risk of kidney stones, and for children the risk is significantly higher. A recent study tracked antibiotic exposure 3 to 12 months before diagnosis in about 26,000 people with kidney stones. Results showed that oral exposure to any of the 5 classes of antibiotics significantly raised the risk of kidney stones. While the mechanism behind the association is unknown, researchers hypothesize that the effects of antibiotics on the gut and/or urinary microbiome is to blame. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

→Takeaway: This association reiterates the risk-benefit analysis that must take place when deciding to take an antibiotic. For a list of questions to ask your doctor when being prescribed an antibiotic, as well as what to do if you are taking an antibiotic, read The Microbiome Solution.

Leslie Ann received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University. With over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness field as a nutritionist, health writer, and project manager, Leslie Ann is the backbone of the Gutbliss team, overseeing operations as well as the strategic mission of Gutbliss Rx, and authoring much of the content on the site. As a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, she is an avid believer in integrative methods to treat and heal the body.

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