Steps To Take Now To Help Prevent Kidney Stones in the Future
If you are at risk for developing kidney stones or have had kidney stones in the past, Chesapeake Urology specialists have important tips for preventing kidney stone disease and living a stone free life.
According to Julio Davalos, M.D., director of Chesapeake Urology’s kidney stone program, anyone can produce kidney stones, but certain individuals are more prone to them because of hereditary factors and even lifestyle issues.
In addition to regular metabolic evaluations and close monitoring, Dr. Davalos recommends patients take the following steps to help prevent kidney stones from returning:
- Stay well hydrated. Drink enough fluids (water is best) to make 2L or about 1/2 gallon of urine a day. Drink more water in the summer months when you're apt to lose more water through sweat. Lemonade made with real lemons has citrate which can be good for the urinary system.
- Cut the salt. Limit the amount of sodium in your diet. The recommended daily allowance of sodium is 2,500 mg, yet the average American diet takes in about 5,000 mg of sodium a day. Don't add salt to food and take the salt shaker off the table to avoid temptation. Limit eating out and processed foods which also contribute to higher sodium intake. Decreasing urinary sodium also decreases urinary calcium, which are leading culprits in kidney stone formation.
- Moderate calcium intake. If you have a history of stone formation, your doctor may recommend a moderate intake of calcium - about 800-1,200 mg a day. Calcium, however, is necessary in the diet; completely eliminating calcium is not advisable and can actually lead to more kidney stones.
- Cut the protein. Your doctor may also recommend that you cut down on your protein intake.
For more information on kidney stones and getting 100% stone free, visit http://menshealth.chesapeakeurology.com/mens-conditons/stone-disease/kidney-stones/, or call 877-422-8237.