If you’re one of the estimated 60 million American adults who suffer from heartburn at least once a month – or one of the more than 15 million who experience it daily – you probably have taken your fair share of over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription antacids to help put out the fire. These medications are so effective and popular that around 100 million Americans are estimated to take antacids at some point during the year. Together, sufferers spend in the neighborhood of $2 billion dollars a year on them.
If you’re like most people, you know your key health numbers such as blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and even A1C. But there are two other numbers that you may not be as familiar with even though they are equally important for keeping you healthy.
Bill Cosby is in the news again. This time it’s not about the sexual assault allegations against him. Unfortunately, Cosby and his wife, Camille, recently lost their daughter, Ensa Cosby, to renal disease. She was a mother and just 44-years-old.
People who have passed kidney stones can attest that it can be very unpleasant, to say the least. And it’s certainly not something they would want to repeat, but unfortunately, about half of the people who have had them, get them again within seven years (without preventative measures). So let’s be proactive and talk about what women, specifically, need to know about kidney stones.
If you’ve read our previous post about kidney stones, titled “Everything you need to know about kidney stones,” you probably have a good handle on what they are, the risk factors and how you can best prevent them. Now, you’re ready to go a little more in-depth and learn about the types of kidney stones. Not all kidney stones are made up of the same crystals.
Kidney stones can be unpleasant, to say the least. But if you know what symptoms to watch for, how to prevent them and what your treatment options are, you’ll have the upper hand when it comes to fending off kidney stones.
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