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Beware of Summer Kidney Stones

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:16 PM

Summer is high season for barbecues, family picnics, beach vacations, and — for millions of Americans — kidney stones.

That’s because more people become dehydrated during hot, dry weather — which drives up the rate of at which minerals in the body crystallize in the kidneys to form painful stones, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Nearly one in 10 Americans suffer from kidney stones, twice many as 15 years ago, according to a recent study in the journal European Urology.

But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of stones:

• Drink lots of water and avoid sugary sodas particularly in warm weather. Aim to consumer 10 to 12 glasses of water a day.
• Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and consuming a moderate amount dietary calcium (too much or too little can contribute to stone formation).
• Limit meat consumption to 10 to 12 ounces a day.
• Keep your weight down; obesity has been linked in some studies to kidney stones.
• For certain types of stones comprised of calcium oxalate, doctors recommend limiting consumption of certain foods that can contribute to them — such as spinach and dietary calcium.
• Two other types are calcium phosphate stones and uric acid stones, which are more common in people with diabetes, so managing the metabolic condition effectively can help reduce the risk of stone formation. Some rare types of stones, such as struvite stones, which can be caused by urinary-tract infections.
• Various medications are also available to help prevent formation of the different types of stones.

Most mall stones will pass on their own within a week or two. But for larger ones, doctors resort to minor outpatient surgery or shock wave lithotripsy, a noninvasive treatment that breaks stones into smaller pieces with high-energy shock waves. ‘

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