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Health News Article-Drinking Water and Kidney Stone Prevention

Published: December 22, 2014

Article Title: To Prevent More Kidney Stones, Drink Water

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Through this health news article, new guidelines are reviewed from the American College of Physicians concerning kidney stones.  Individuals who have had a kidney stone are encouraged to drink enough fluids to produce 2 liters of urine per day.  This amount of fluids can help prevent kidney stones from forming in the future.

Kidney stones form from solid crystals, which typically includes calcium oxalate.  Increasing fluid consumption decreases the concentration of solids in the urine.  In-turn, it is more difficult for stones to form.  According to a 2012, over 10 percent of men and 7 percent of women in the United States will develop a kidney stone during a lifetime.  Some individuals require surgery if kidney stones become painful.

In addition, the health news article recommended cutting down on sweetened, dark sodas as they are made with phosphoric acid.  Phosphoric acid makes urine more acidic, which is not beneficial in the kidney stone prevention process.

At Virginia Urology, we are dedicated to learning new kidney stone prevention methods.  Drinking more water is not only beneficial for your kidney health, but can be of benefit to your overall health as well. In addition, reducing the amount of dark, sugary sodas in an individual’s diet can also be of tremendous benefit to both the kidneys and overall health.

To learn more about our kidney stone treatments at Virginia Urology, please contact us at 804-330-9105 today.