If you’ve suffered from kidney stones this summer it may be because you had too much iced tea.
The popular summertime beverage has high concentrations of oxalate — a key chemical in the formation of kidney stones. Though hot tea also has oxalates, it’s not as easily consumed in large quantities like its cold counterpart.
Kidney stones, a disorder of the urinary tract, affect about 10 percent of the United States population. Men are four times more likely to develop these painful crystals than women, and the risk increases for those aged 40 and older, as well as for postmenopausal women with low estrogen or those with their ovaries removed.
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