Apr 12 2011
If you have experienced the pain of a kidney stone or know someone who has, you will be happy to learn what you eat can reduce kidney stone risk. In the United States about 10-15% of adults will be treated for kidney stones and the rate is climbing in children too. The symptoms include pain, blood in urine, nausea, and vomiting. About 90% of stones are small enough to pass out of the body through urine, but stones that are large and do not pass may require surgery. Once you have the condition you are at greater risk of having kidney stones in the future.
A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
examined the relationship between diet and kidney stones. The study found that eating a menu rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains had a marked decrease in kidney stone risk. Those with the lowest risk also consumed less sodium, sweetened beverages and red and processed meats. This study gives you one more reason to eat well and aim to include the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables daily.