Statistics show certain groups of people are prone to this problem. It’s a good news – bad news situation. Possibly bad news for Caucasian men age 30 – 50, especially if they live in the southeastern states. Possibly good news for African-Americans and women. Good news for children.
BAD NEWS for people with a diet low is potassium, high in salt, low in fruits and vegetables. Bad news for people with a diet high in red meat, sodas, sugar, and aspirin. These statistics are concerning kidney stones and who’s more at risk to experience them in their lifetime.
If you’ve listened to anyone sharing their ‘kidney stone story & the passage’, mostly you will remember hearing about the person’s pain ranging from moderate to excruciating. When I hear the phrase ‘excruciating pain’, I have to listen, hope to learn the cause and effect and how to help prevent these nasty little stones from forming.
The cause is abnormal accumulations of mineral salts lodged anywhere in the urinary tract. The size can be ‘oh so small’ to ‘too large to pass’ and eventually restrict urination.
In healthy urine, uric acid, calcium, magnesium, & phosphates are suspended in the urine and leave the body during urination. When any of these crystallize together, you’ll have a problem usually in the kidneys or bladder. If a piece of the stone breaks off and enters the ureter, painful symptoms are experienced. Many stones will pass on their own and can be helped along with climbing up and down stairs, or using a mini trampoline….2 ways that may dislodge small stones. I have personal experience with this. I moved into an apartment once with my 2 bedrooms upstairs, downstairs my living room, dining room and kitchen. After 4 days of moving in, going up and down the stairs constantly, I passed some small stones….and didn’t know I had them, though I had been having discomfort in my lower back.
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY STONES –
- Pain in the lower or middle back radiating to the lower abdomen, groin, and occasionally into the upper thigh. The pain can come on quickly and may be severe.
- Increased urination, possibly with blood in the urine.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain increasing with chills, fever, and inability to urinate.
KINDS OF KIDNEY STONES –
- Calcium oxalate stones and calcium phosphate stones – High blood calcium levels can lead to excess calcium in urine and stones forming. May be caused by high-parathyroid activity, extreme Vitamin D levels, a diet too high in sugar, dehydration, an inherited problem with oxalate foods, confinement to the bed, and excess weight.
- Uric acid stones – Blood level can show high uric acid levels. Uric acid is also a cause of gout. Avoid foods with purine that can lead to uric acid in the body.
- Struvite stones – Usually in women with a history of chronic urinary tract infections.
- Cystine stones – The diet may be too high in protein, sugar, and citrus drinks.
Many stones will pass by themselves. Your doctor can determine if the stone requires medical procedures.
DIETS THAT MAY PREVENT STONES –
- Drink plenty of water, and keep water by your bed to drink if you wake up in the night and are thirsty.
- POTASSIUM rich foods may inhibit stone formation. MAGNESIUM rich foods may inhibit stone formation.
- Taking a Vitamin B Complex (with niacinamide not niacin) may help inhibit formation.
- Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice may help.
- Carrots, apricots, squash, and sweet potatoes are benefical.
- Check with your doctor before taking any calcium supplements, they may cause more harm than good.
- If you find you have passed an OXALATE STONE, google what foods to avoid eating. REMEMBER – if you pass a stone at home, you must keep the stone to have it analyzed to discover what it’s made of, to know what foods to avoid, to prevent future stones from forming.
- If you pass URIC ACID STONES, find out the purine foods to avoid.
Remember that if your body is creating kidney stones, that may be a sign of bone density problems.
Concerning the prevention of stones – The good news is most kidney stones are related to METABOLISM & THE DIET. Factors that are usually in our power to change.
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