Kidney Stone Prevention

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If you’ve already experienced the pain and discomfort associated with kidney stones, you probably don’t want to go through that again. Because people who’ve had kidney stones have a 50% risk of getting them again within 10 years, you need to know what to do to reduce your risk.

Here are 5 ways you can prevent kidney stones from becoming a repeat offender.

1. Drink plenty of fluids.

One of the most important things you can do after you’ve had kidney stones is drink plenty of fluids. Fluids will flush unnecessary matter out of your system and prevent substances from building up and forming more kidney stones.

2. Eat calcium-oxalate foods together.

Depending on what the stone is made of, you should reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods altogether, but if you are eating oxalate-rich foods, eat foods high in calcium as well. The calcium binds with the oxalate to prevent it from forming kidney stones.

3. Reduce your sodium intake.

Sodium is another ingredient to watch out for. A certain amount of sodium is necessary for your body to function properly, but too much sodium can lead to a build-up of material resulting in kidney stones. Remember to check the ingredients labels and minimize sodium as much as possible.

4. Limit animal protein.

You should decrease the amount of animal protein you’re eating, especially if you’ve had uric acid kidney stones in the past. Many forms of animal protein, like meat, eggs, and fish, are broken down into uric acid in the urine, which can increase your risk of kidney stones.

5. Take your doctor’s advice.

The most important thing you can do to avoid kidney stones for a second time is listen your doctor’s advice. Your doctor will give specific advice for your treatment plan when you have kidney stones for the first time, and if you don’t follow the proper recovery steps, your chance for developing kidney stones again will not decrease. The recovery and prevention process can include medication, lifestyle changes, or many other options.

Kidney stones can put your normal life on hold for a while, and if you’ve already had kidney stones, chances are you probably don’t want to deal with them a second time. Follow these tips to become kidney-stone-free and keep living a healthy life.

To learn more about kidney stones, download our newest eBook below. To schedule an appointment with a urologist at RAMC, call 608-768-3900 or visit our urology page.

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