Kidney stones affect nearly half a million men and women each year. This common ailment is often hard to find causes for, but there are some identified risk factors that can help serve as preventative measures.
If you’ve had a kidney stone before or think the chances of developing one might be high for you, simple steps can be taken to relieve some of your anxiety.
Stay hydrated. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to make sure you are getting enough fluids. Water is ideal, and it eliminates many of the waste products often found in urine. Try and avoid the beverages that tend to be higher in sugar.
Limit your sodium intake. Sodium creates an excess of calcium in the body, which is the most common type of kidney stone.
Avoid diets high in animal protein. If the majority of protein in your diet comes from animals, try looking to plant-based sources as a supplement. Overly acidic urine increases the risk for kidney stones, and animal protein has been identified as a clear contributor to this common ailment. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help lower the acidity in your urine, and in turn decrease your risk for developing kidney stones.
Family history. Unfortunately, family history is a factor that those who are affected have no control over. If members of your family have previously been diagnosed with kidney stones, it is even more important to follow some of the preventative measures listed above.
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will develop a kidney stone at some point in their life. If you think you might be at a higher risk, contact us for more information so we can help you avoid the ailment altogether.