Like gallstones, kidney stones are a significant source of pain for the sufferer. For many urological patients, the complications and pain are associated with the development of kidney stones, also known as urinary calculi associated with the development of nephrolithiasis.
Nephrolithiasis is a health complication involving the urological system, affecting nearly five percent of the general adult population. While the development of kidney stones more often affects men, women are also at risk, with most adults developing their first urinary calculi complication around age 30.
Once recovering from a complication of kidney stones, you will want to take special measures to ensure you do not develop “common” urinary calculi, which is a chronic and repetitive complication of kidney stones.
To prevent common urinary calculi development, your physician should, first, recommend that you increase your daily water intake. In addition to increased water intake, you may also want to decrease animal protein in your diet and reduce sodium intake as well.
While some healthcare professionals may be inclined to recommend a low calcium diet, it has been found that limiting sodium intake, limiting animal protein and reducing to a low calcium diet may be more effective at preventing recurrent kidney stone development.
Because health complications such as obesity, excessive animal protein, gout, thyroid disorders and even bowel disease can lead to chronic and recurring common urinary calculi, or kidney stones, your physician may want to conduct routine and regular health examinations.
In addition to diet, and finding ways to avoid recurring complications of kidney stones, it is important to understand the type of kidney stones you may be suffering from. With a variety of chemical compositions, most kidney stones are found to be calcium oxalate stones. Foods containing high oxalate levels, such as spinach, rhubarb, chocolate, nuts and even wheat bran may be of issue and diet may need to be modified to reduce intake of these food products.
As with any complication that develops in the urological system, it is important to not only find ways in which to treat the complication but also avoid recurring infection. Like gallstones, kidney stones are painful and lead to a decrease in quality of life. With proper diet, exercise and control of calcium, animal protein and sodium, many patients can realize a decrease in the frequency of urinary calculi attacks. When kidney stones are comprised of calcium oxalate, be certain to add the additional foods to the list of items that should be eliminated or eaten in moderation.