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Your Kidney Stone - Feeding The Stone

Updated on October 26, 2009

It seems just like a play on words, but it is indeed quite accurate to state that: "You Are What You Eat and So Is Your Kidney Stone."
A cure for kidney stones has not yet been found and medical science is of course still researching the possibility, but another discovery was made recently which has shed considerable amount of light on the entire issue of kidney stones. At least 65 % of patients with more than one incidence of kidney stones can be "stone-free" by following strictly to a diet established for the specific purpose of preventing kidney stones. First seen at the Mayo Clinic, the discovery was called the "stone clinic effect."

Some doctors report a much higher average for success of the no stone diet. Basic changes to the lifestyle and diet restrictions can be the deciding factor in a recurrence of the problem. If the patient understands the causes and makes the changes needed, the effect achieved is good kidney health. Ongoing medication is only needed by a small number of cases. Of course, every patient is individual and some are have conditions that make it difficult to stop the formation of stones. Even so, almost every patient will benefit to some degree by following the diet and lifestyle advice and improve their body's resistance.

A lifestyle approach analysis is a reasonable and commendable process to begin to understand the formation of stones. It is quite obvious that a good understanding of the problem is a requirement for the prevention. Understanding will help you make the changes and choices to avoid stones forming again.

Well informed patients that understand how and why their bodies made kidney stones have a much higher success rate in preventing a recurrence. They understand the primary importance of the diet and lifestyle changes and are more likely to take and continue the steps needed to stop kidney stone generation. It is important to understand some aspects of the kidney stones themselves, the what and why and how they are formed, as well as the lifestyle choices, a regular diet and the behaviors that feed in to the production of stones. Naturally, your physician can accurately evaluate the individual risk factors to determine the probability of another attack and all the ways to help lessen the risk and avoid the continual formation of kidney stones.

It is imperative that you start now with the assistance of your physician in narrowing down the lifestyle and diet you will need to follow to prevent the development of stones in your specific and particular type of stone formation. There is a specific diet your physician can recommend for kidney stone prevention and it is one that has been developed and improved upon for well over thirty years. 

A specific diet controls spontaneous eating habits, content, timing and amounts, and can be very difficult to stick to. You must curtail your cravings down to what you can have.  As with any diet, the desire to succeed must outweigh your normal inclinations. You must control that voice inside you that never wanted something until you were told you can't have it, even if you didn't want it before. 

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      I've exercised. At least once or twice. I think it was just before puberty. :)

      I know, I know, but I'm a computer tater... my idea of exercise is going to get a snack from the fridge. :(

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      8 years ago

      Diet is one factor. Exercise is another factor. Only a complete lifestyle change can prevent the problem.


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