Kidney and urinary tract

Kidney stones are on the rise

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A recently published study has found that the incidence of kidney stones is on the rise. These stones, which are formed when chemicals in the urine crystallize, can cause serious complications in addition to the usual pain and urinary trouble. It’s not clear why they’re becoming more common, but climate change and rising rates of obesity may be to blame.