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Understanding kidney stone, symptoms, prevention

Understanding kidney stone, symptoms, prevention

What is a kidney stone? 
The kidneys, an important organ in the body, remove waste and excess water from the blood (as urine) and helps maintain the balance of essential minerals and salts such as sodium, potassium, and calcium in the body. However, when the urine contains an excessive amount of these minerals and salts, it leads to the formation of kidney stones. Kidney stones can vary in size. They can be small or may even grow in size. When kidney stones reach the bladder, they can be passed out of the body through urine. However, kidney stones can be lodged in the ureter and block the urine flow from the body. Kidney stones can be very painful. Some of the most common symptoms of kidney stones are acute shooting pain in the back and side of your body. Sensing the trouble, your body will try to pass the stones through the urine naturally. The passing of stones through the urine can take up to several days or up to a few months. This depends on the type and size of the stones. You are advised to visit one of the best hospitals in Abu Dhabi, like Ahalia Hospital, for the best kidney stone treatment. 

What Steps Can You Take To Avoid Kidney Stones?
As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure,’ it is always best to take steps to avoid the formation of painful kidney stones. Let’s look at some of the things you can do to avoid kidney stones

Drink Water

Water is the natural cure for many ailments, kidney stone being one of them. A research article published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in 2016 suggested that drinking more water prevents kidney stones from forming. 

Kidney stones are usually formed when the calcium and uric acids are unable to dissolve. These salts form crystals, which in turn become stones. However, the risk of these salts developing into stones is less if the urine is more dilute. Therefore drinking more water is one of the best solutions for kidney stone treatment. 

Do Not Ignore Medical Advice

Kidney stones are not a one time affair. About 35% to 50% of those with kidney stones will experience the recurrence of the stone within 5 years from the first stone 
Therefore, to avoid the recurrence of kidney stones, it is always advisable to take the right treatment and follow the advice of professional doctors from Phoenix Hospital,Abu Dhabi. 

Avoid Excessive Intake Of Foods Rich In Oxalate.

Oxalate is a type of nutrient naturally present in certain foods. These nutrients are required for the proper functioning of the body. However, excess intake of oxalate rich foods can also lead to the formation of kidney stones. Eat these foods moderately. 

Prevent Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating leads to less urine formation. This leads to the stone forming minerals to settle down in the urinary tract or kidney. 

Lemons And Limes
Fruits like lemons and limes that are rich in citric acids can help prevent the formation of kidney stones. The citric acid combines with calcium and prevents the calcium from crystallizing.


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