Healthy Diet May Prevent Kidney Stones

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A recent study suggests that a healthy diet may prevent kidney stones. The research concluded that kidney stones were linked to participants that had higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, increased body weight and other risk factors for heart disease. In general, scientists believe that food does not cause people to form kidney stones however; some people may be more susceptible to the condition.

Dr. Eric Taylor of the Maine Medical Center and his team collected data from three large studies with a total of more than 250,000 people. They were given a score based on how well what they ate conformed to a DASH diet. The findings suggested that people who ate high intakes fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while limiting salt, red and processed meats, and sweetened beverages had fewer kidney stones.

DASH, which stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension, is a way of eating that can help reduce high blood pressure however; the benefits of DASH extend far beyond blood pressure. It has been called the diet for all diseases because it may also reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and obesity.

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The DASH diet consists of eating a diet low in sodium, sweetened drinks, red meat, and processed meats. It suggests that you eat 4-5 servings of vegetables a day 4-5 servings of fruit a day, 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds and beans a day, 7-8 servings of grains and grain products a day2 or fewer servings of meat a day, 2 or 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy, 2 or 3 servings of fats and oils daily and only 5 serving a week of sweets.

Symptoms of kidney stones can range from frequent urination or unable to urinate, blood in urine, pain that radiates from the upper back to the lower abdomen and to the groin, fever and chills. If you have had a kidney stone before, your chances of getting another stone can double.

Drinking plenty of water and other healthy fluids is the single most important preventative measure you can take. Lots of water and fluids help dilute high concentrations of salts and minerals that can build up. Experts conclude that eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent kidney stones.

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