WebXtra: Poor diet leads to kidney stones in kids

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Its pain has been described as excruciating, sometimes compared to child birth. Now, a surge of younger patients have doctors looking into kidney stones.

Formed by a high concentration of stone-forming mineral salts in the urine, kidney stones become lodged in the urinary tract before eventually leaving your body. Doctors say a poor diet high in processed foods and not drinking enough water are two primary reasons an increased number of children are diagnosed.

Research is still ongoing and more testing needs to be done, but doctors say staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet and eating citrus fruits and juices can help keep kidney stones from forming.