Noted nephrologist of Bhopal Dr Sanjay Gupta has claimed that the Narmada valley, extending from Madhya Pradesh to Gujarat, was a kidney stone belt because of various factors, especially due to the hardness of the water.
On the occasion of World Kidney Day here on Thursday, Dr Gupta said though studies had not been conducted, he was making the claim on the basis of thousands of kidney stone patients who he treated over the years.
"Though there are several factors responsible for stone formation, there are some geographic areas where the prevalence of kidney stones is higher primarily on the account of hardness of water or presence of other metals and minerals in the water or genetics of the population in that area," he said.
Other nephrologists, however, have said more research and studies were required to check whether observational data was correct.
"Kidney stones form because of multitude of factors such as dehydration from low fluid intake, high dietary intake of animal protein, sodium and metabolic diseases. But whether Narmada water was contributing to stone formation because of its hardness and to what extent it was responsible is something that needs to be seriously studied by the medical experts," said another nephrologist Dr Akash Deep Suri.
Dr Deepak Chaturvedi, director of Akshay Hospital, said uric acid stones were common because of the changes in a person’s lifestyle and dietary habits. "Apart from other factors, food and level of hydration also play a significant role in the formation of kidney stones," he said.