Are you at risk for Kidney Stones?

People who form kidney stones often share certain risk factors. Middle-aged men, for instance, are more likely to form stones than other people. A family history of stones also increases your risk. Assess your risk factors by checking the questions below “yes” or “no.”

Yes No
Do you drink fewer than eight glasses of water a day? Image Image
Do you live in the Southeast or another hot climate? Image Image
Have you ever had a kidney stone before? Image Image
Has anyone in your family had kidney stones? Image Image
Are you a male between the ages of 30 and 50? Image Image
Have you had a kidney infection in the last few months? Image Image
Do you take large doses of calcium or vitamin C supplements? Image Image
Do you often drink or eat dairy products (high-calcium foods)? Image Image
Do you often drink cola or tea, or eat chocolates, spinach, or peanuts (high-oxalate foods)? Image Image


How Great Is Your Risk?

The more times you answered “yes,” the greater your risk of forming kidney stones. But you can help reduce your risk. Learn more about kidney stones, how they form, and how to prevent them.