SHOCKED: Kidney Stones and Chronic Kidney Disease Risk FactorsPosted: February 16, 2012
An article from Oakridger.com shocked me this morning.
Here’s an overview…
10-15% of Americans are at risk of Kidney Stones and women are most at risk. Scarier still is the association of kidney stones and chronic kidney disease. A disease frequently picked up and diagnosed by medics when it’s already well underway.
Linked to obesity, diabetes as well as simply not drinking enough water the risk of kidney stones is on the up.
Increasingly, there is an increased risk of kidney stones in women due to increased blood volume, hormonal changes in the body and changes to the size of the uterus.
For the most part, kidney stones can be managed using increased fluid intake, pain control and medication to help dilate the urether to allow the stone to pass. As the stones move they can cause small tears prone to infection and in these instances anti-biotics may be necessary. Where the stones are less than 5mm in diameter, they’re usually expected to leave your body naturally with the urine expelled from your bladder.
The risk of kidney stones increases with family history, inflammatory bowel disease, bowel surgery, gout and diabetes. Changes to your weight, high blood pressure (hyper tension) and urinary tract infections are all predisposing factors.
If you want to protect yourself from Kidney stones and the risk of chronic kidney disease it’s important to look after yourself. Your weight, your blood pressure and visit your doctor for diabetes screens. Watching your diet and drinking enough fluid (water) is important.
Interestingly, high-fructose diets (from non-natural sources) have been associated with a 38% increase in kidney stones possibly because they raise the calcium excretion and uric acid levels.
We’re increasing an nationl with a vitamin D deficiency especially if you’re in milder and colder climates where the sunlight isn’t strong enough throughout the year.
Prevention is much better than cure, kidney stones cause intense pain – like childbirth – and the risk of chronic kidney disease too serious a risk to ignore. The simplest way to start is with healthy changes to a kidney stones diet, exercise and water intake.
Of course always consulting with your doctor before making changes to make sure he or she approves.
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