Kenny the Kidney
Bill Brazell, in his guise as Kenny the Kidney in New York City at the World Science Festival. Brazell raises money for PKD research, and is also a patient. Bill Brazell

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did not have a happy new year at the beginning of 2014.

Bezos had to be airlifted by the Ecuadorian Navy from the Galapagos Islands due to a kidney stone attack.

Commenting on the experience after the fact, a spokesman for Bezos simply replied, "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars,” reported the Washington Post, the paper Bezos bought last year.

Here are six infographics with information on how to avoid or treat kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

So, what are your chances of getting a kidney stone?


Men have a slightly higher chance of getting a kidney stone.


Once you've had one kidney stone, you'll probably have another at some point.

Once an individual has formed a stone, the likelihood of recurrence is 50% or greater at 5 years and up to 80% at 10 years. About 10% of people in the United States will experience kidney stones in their lifetime. lt is thought that 10 in 100 people will

Not surprisingly, bigger stones are harder to pass.


What can you eat to help prevent kidney stones?