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Summer is the season of stones

Over 200,000 cases of kidney stones are treated in America each year. Some 5 to 7 percent of people will suffer from a kidney stone in their lifetime and men are more likely to suffer by a ratio of two to one.

It's more common in the southern half of the U.S. and in warmer climates, probably because people don't drink enough water, according to Dr. Scott Michener, urologist at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

"The number of kidney stones in America has doubled since the '60s," Michener said. "It's probably because of our diet. We eat a lot of processed foods high in sodium and high in sugar. We see a lot of kidney stones. We do see more in the summer."

There are a lot of medical reasons people get kidney stones, but the No. 1 reason is people don't drink enough fluids. Especially in warmer parts of the country, people lose more fluid through sweat and don't drink enough fluids to replenish and that's how the components of the urine are able to come together to make a kidney stone, according to Michener.

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