Study: Vitamin C Supplements Can Cause Kidney Stones Risk In Men
The risk of having kidney stones is higher in men.
Supplements of vitamin C can increase the risk for men to experience kidney stones, concluded a study conducted in Sweden for more than 22 thousand men.
Laura Thomas of Karolinska in Stockholm Intitutet said, the suspicion that vitamin C may increase the risk of kidney stones has long circulated as part of vitamin C is absorbed by the body are excreted in the urine as oxalate, one of the key components in the formation of kidney stones.
Thomas and his team used data from the intake of a number of Swedish men aged adults and the elderly. All were monitored for 11-year intake.
Recent analysis involving 907 men revealed that they regularly consume vitamin C supplement tablets and more than 22 thousand respondents did not take any supplements.
From users of vitamin C, about 3.4 percent had kidney stone formation in the beginning of the study, while the group who did not take supplements only 1.8 percent experienced kidney stone formation. So that concluded the researchers, men who consumed vitamin C supplements at least 1 whole tablet per day have an increased risk of kidney stone formation. Although not a proof that vitamin C can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
Kidney stones are formed from crystals that form tiny grains of calcium combined with oxalate. Normally, when the stone was a kid, get out of the body by itself, though will result in extreme pain in the process, while the stone is large enough need surgery.
The percentage of kidney stones in men greater than in women.
This finding is also not intended to encourage people to take as much vitamin C through fruits and vegetables.
“Vitamin C is an important part of a healthy diet. Harmful effects of vitamin C and the risk of kidney stones are commonly associated with doses and combinations of nutrients consumed more,” said Thomas.
Swedish-made supplements are consumed by the participants typically contains about a thousand milligrams (1000 mg) of vitamin C per tablet. Most vitamin C supplements on the market may contain 500-1000 mg
Brian Matlaga, urologist who examined kidney stones at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, told Reuters Health, need further research in order to determine the limits of doses of vitamin C can increase the risk of kidney stone formation in men.
For now, those who have never been in trouble with kidney stones do not need to be too concerned about a variety of risks hinging on vitamins.