Urology - Kidney Stone Centre

About Kidney Stones

Risk Factors

There are risk factors a person can change and those that a person cannot change.

Unchangeable risk factors

Age: stones are most common in the third to fifth decade
Sex: stones are three times as common in men
Race: stones are less common in Afro-Americans and Aboriginal races
Hereditary conditions

Changeable risk factors

Fluid intake: high water intake lowers risk
Climate: risk increases in hot dry climates and in summer
Diet: risk increases with high meat and salty diets
Occupation: risk increases in sedentary occupations
Urinary Infection

For information on altering your daily diet, visit our prevention clinic and read our dietary information. You are also advised to visit a registered dietician.