« Make healthy hydration the new norm »

Kidney Health & Hydration

Understand how healthy hydration can help reduce risks of kidney diseases.

Drink kidney stones away

Cost, in addition to efficacy and morbidity, has become an important factor in determining the best therapeutic modality for a variety of disease states.

The burden attributable to a disease can be large and include both direct (e.g. physician visit, laboratory tests, therapy, hospitalization) and indirect (e.g. lost work productivity/days, role function, daily activities, reduced quality of life) costs.

An alternative approach to decrease healthcare costs is health promotion and disease prevention, which have a major role to play in health policy worldwide.

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How to know if my prevention strategy is worthy?

Factors to be considered include disease prevalence, morbidity and costs, as well as the cost-effectiveness* of the prevention strategy.

Let’s take the example of kidney stones!

In France, for example, total cost of one event of primary kidney stone is 4267€.(2)

This corresponds to an annual budget impact of 590 M€, imposing a huge economic burden to the healthcare system.(2)

Plain water consumption has many benefits, including decreasing the risk of both primary and recurrent kidney stones. High water intake decreases kidney stones risk by 40%.(3)

Using a decision analytic model, it was estimated that if 100% of the French population drink 2L/day of water, 9265 kidney stones would be prevented, and annual cost savings would be 273 M€. Even if only 25% of the population is compliant, there is still a cost saving of € 68 million and 2316 stones.(2)

Prevention of kidney stones by increasing water intake can have significant cost savings for the healthcare system!

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