Are you in the crosshairs for this painful condition?

Ladies, equality is coming... just not the kind you've been hoping for!

A new report finds that women are catching up to men by a measure you absolutely want nothing to do with.

Kidney stones, once more common in guys, are now striking the ladies in alarmingly high rates.

If you've EVER had one, you don't need any reminders on how painful they are.

You might be suffering from flashbacks just reading this!

If you've NEVER had one, pray you never do. It's been called the only kind of pain that comes close to that of giving birth -- a chance for men to get a little taste of what women have to go through.

Now, that gender gap is closing.

Over nearly three decades, the number of men with kidney stones has doubled... while the number of women with this agonizing condition has QUADRUPLED!

Already the mainstream is busily making all sorts of excuses.

Even the researchers behind the study claim that better diagnosis might be the reason, especially since more patients now get CT scans to confirm the stones.

Maybe that explains some of it... but not all.

The screams of pain are usually a solid indicator the moment the patient walks in!

If a urine test shows some blood, that's even more evidence -- and of course, eventually that stone comes out (slowly and painfully), which is pretty hard to miss.

The real reason the numbers are rising is almost certainly the modern diet taking its toll on the human body. In the past, women generally tended to eat healthier than men -- but in recent years, they've started to share some of those same bad habits.

That modern junk-food diet is almost perfect for causing stones to form.

More specifically, too much animal fat can cause your body to excrete calcium, which accumulates in the kidneys on its way out and turns into that painful little pebble.

The calcium in dairy can also build up in the kidneys, so limit or avoid it.

And, of course, watch out for processed foods of any kind. Sugar in general and soda in particular are both known to contribute to kidney stones.

Drink water instead of soda. Not only will water NOT cause a stone to form, but keeping yourself hydrated -- and keeping your kidneys flushed with plain old water -- can help cut the risk of developing one.