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Drinking Iced Tea Raises Kidney Stone Risk, Loyola University Medical Center Reveals



8/8/2012 7:11:52 AM

People who drink iced tea may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing painful kidney stones, a new study indicates. Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center explained that the popular summertime drink contains high levels of oxalate, a chemical that leads to the formation of small crystals made of minerals and salt found in urine. Although these crystals are usually harmless, the researchers cautioned they can grow large enough to become lodged in the small tubes that drain urine from the kidney to the bladder.

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