Preventing kidney stones: It may be as simple as changing your diet
Removing kidney stones can be a complicated, sometimes read here painful process involving medicatio...
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing kidney stones: It may be as simple as changing
Removing kidney stones can be a complicated, sometimes read here painful process involving
medication, surgery or even sound waves to break up the deposits. But preventing them may be as
simple as drinking more water.
Kidney stones are extremely common -- about 13 percent of men and 7 percent of women in the
United States will get one in their lifetime -- and occur when tiny crystals in the urine (calcium,
phosphorus and other minerals or salts) come together to form a hard deposit. Studies have shown
thatÂ 35 to 50 percent of people who get them will get them again within five years without Read
The American College of Physicians this week issued new guidelines for people who have had a
kidney stone in the past and they call for these patients to increase their fluid intake so that they can
have at least two liters of urine per day.Â The organization said that there's no difference between
tap water or a brand of mineral water but that soft drinks -- such as colas -- should be avoided
because they're associated with a recurrence of the problem.
"Increased fluid intake spread throughout the day can decrease stone recurrence by at least half
with virtually no side effects," David Fleming, president of the ACP said in a release.
The guidelines also call for other dietary changes.
Those who have had kidney stones in the past
should reduce their intake of animal protein as
well as thingsÂ like chocolate, beets, nuts,
rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, tea and wheat
bran because they contain dietary oxalate, which
combines with calcium to form stones.
National Institutes of Health FAQ: Diet for
kidneyÂ stone prevention
Ariana Eunjung Cha is a national reporter for the Post. She has previously served as the newspaper's
bureau chief in Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco, a correspondent in go to this site Baghdad and
as a tech reporter based in Washington.