Kidney Stone Treatment Not Linked to Diabetes

Kidney stones are a painful event that will affect five percent of Americans.

Luckily, there is shockwave lithotripsy, a nonsurgical technique for treating kidney stones that uses high-energy shock waves to break the stones into small enough fragments for patients to pass in their urine.

Previously, it was thought that shockwave lithotripsy could cause diabetes, as it adversely affects the pancreas in some patients. However, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have found that there is no correlation between shockwave lithotripsy and diabetes.

“We did not identify a significant correlation between shockwave lithotripsy and the long-term development of diabetes mellitus,” says Matthew Gettman, MD, a Mayo Clinic urologist and co-author of the paper, “Shockwave Lithrotripsy and Diabetes Mellitus: A Population-Based Cohort Study.”

Among more than 5,200 patients analyzed, 14.1 percent were found to have developed incident diabetes, while just eight percent were treated with shockwave lithotripsy, pointing to no significant correlation between the treatment and the incidence of diabetes. Multiple analytical approaches were used, and researchers controlled for age, gender and obesity.

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