Kidney Stones: How to Avoid Their Formation

Dehydration is one of the most common and well-known causes of kidney stones; However, there are many factors that can favor its formation, such as, for example, nutrition. Check out some tips that can help prevent kidney stones.

Tip No. 1: Inquire

The first step is to know what kidney stones are and how they are formed. If you have cases of kidney stones in your family, consult your doctor or a urologist.

Tip No. 2: Hydrate

Drinking plenty of fluids is an important factor in prevention, especially in the warmer months when you lose more fluid through perspiration. Drinking plenty of water can also prevent urinary tract infections.

Tip 3: Less Animal Protein

If consumed in excess, proteins from meat, fish and eggs can break down into uric acid in the urine, causing stones to form. They can also increase calcium excretion and reduce excretion of citrate, a substance that prevents kidney stones.

Tip 4: No to Foods High in Oxalates

Oxalates can contribute to the formation of calcium oxalate stones. They are found in almost all foods, but some are particularly rich in them, including spinach, red beets, chocolate. Even a low level of calcium can increase the amount of oxalates absorbed by your body: it is important to combine the intake of calcium-rich foods with those that contain oxalates.

UPMC Salvator Mundi specialists are available for the diagnosis and treatment of calculosis.