1 in 3 Indians believe that beer consumption helps treat kidney stones: Survey

Online appointments for kidney health grew by 180% in 2022 as compared to 2021

A recent survey conducted by Gurugram-based startup Pristyn Care has revealed that the Indians understanding of kidney function and risks associated with kidney disease is inadequate. On the occasion of World Kidney on March 09, Pristyn Care-Lybrate Data labs conducted a study with more than 1000 respondents. The data revealed that 1 out of 3 people believe that drinking beer helps treat kidney stones which is a myth. Furthermore, the survey showed that 50% of individuals would delay kidney stone treatment for more than 6 months leading up to 2 years.

In India, while there is no national data on the magnitude of chronic kidney disease, the increasing number of cases of kidney stones paints a different picture. As per Lybrate, online appointments for kidney diseases grew by 180% in 2022 compared to 2021, with the majority consultations for  kidney stones. In addition, the number of men consulting for kidney stones is 3 times more compared to women,

One of the most common risk factors for kidney stones is diabetes and hypertension, yet only 14% of respondents were aware of that. More than half of the individuals were unaware that the kidney produces urine. Only 9% of respondents were aware  that the kidneys also break down proteins, and 7% knew of the kidney’s role in maintaining bone health. With the popularity of fitness and bodybuilding regimes, many individuals have started incorporating protein supplements into their diets. While there is no scientific claim or medical studies, the survey showed that more than half believe protein supplements can cause kidney stones.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Vaibhav Kapoor, Co-founder at Pristyn Care, said, “The findings show lack of awareness around kidney health. While our survey showed 68% of individuals believe kidney-stone removal surgery is safe yet 50% said they would delay the treatment for more than 6 months. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further damage to the kidney.”

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