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Your Kidney Stone - Caused By Your Lifestyle

Updated on October 26, 2009

The disconcerting fact that kidney stone disease is severely on the rise has to be tackled with a fresh understanding of the disease and its primarily lifestyle causes.

The Western industrialized nations have seen the incidence of kidney stone disease increase dramatically since the end of World War II. Studies have shown that the diet of the population has been the major factor impacting the higher rate of diagnosed kidney stones. Our diet is getting more abundant, richer and more varied and our bodies must deal with increased processing and of course, increased waste products. This is the job of the kidneys, to gather the waste and eliminate it in urine. While there are other contributing factors, the most prevailing one is the change to our diets. The disease used to be the exception rather than the norm, but today in many developed countries, the rising incidence of kidney stones, is reaching epidemic levels.

The techniques used in the treatment of the disease are also making progress by leaps and bounds, and the technology is advancing rapidly. But it doesn't address the problem of increased occurrence of kidney stones or the chronic formation of stones. As in many diseases, if your body has a tendency towards something specific, a recurrence is very likely. Painkillers, surgery, medication, and lithotripsy, or a combination, can alleviate your immediate problem and control your pain, but it may be only until the next time.  Numerous episodes of kidney stones, can lead to permanent damage to one or both of your kidneys. This will more likely occur if the stones become infected.

It is clear that prevention of kidney stones has to be a primary consideration for both patient and physician. The old story about an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure has never been more true than in relation to kidney stones!

A genetic predisposition to kidney stones can't be cured.  An existing medical condition or a familial inclination will make kidney stones more likely in some than in others and these for the most part can't be changed although surgery is indicated in a small percentage of kidney stone disease sufferers, to correct an anatomic problem. The cause of most kidney stones can be directly attributed to diet. This is something you do have control over and that you can make the changes to decrease the chance or even to totally prevent the recurrence of the formation of stones.

It would be wrong to consider that rapid weight loss is beneficial for kidney stone sufferers. People who lose considerable amounts of weight in a short period of time tend to deplete the water in their bodies and this factor is widely acknowledged in the development of kidney stones. The healthiest and most balanced way to lose weight is to combine exercise and lifestyle changes with a diet that is nutritionally sound. Drinking a much greater amount of fresh, cool water during your dieting can also help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

There are a considerable number of steps that anyone can take to help prevent the formation of kidney stones. Some are dietary and others are centered around your lifestyle. Your physician can certainly outline all of the major preventative measures that have been proven to be successful in avoiding this severe ailment.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      There do seem to be some fairly strong tie ins to the types of foods ingested over the long run.

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      scheng1 8 years ago

      Yes, that's true, farmers who eat more vegetables and fruits dont seem to get kidney stones.