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Can I prevent Kidney Stones?

Human Kidney stones medical concept

Kidney stones are crystallized accumulations of minerals and acid salts within the kidneys. They are usually small – about the size of a very small pebble. However, stones as large as golf balls have been reported in some patients. Most kidney stones are painful, and some require urology treatment. A urologist can help patients manage, treat, and prevent kidney stones.

Did you know…

that approximately 1 million people undergo treatment for kidney stones in the U.S. every year? Though they can occur at any age, they most frequently develop in young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Unfortunately, once a person develops a kidney stone, he or she is much more likely to develop additional stones in the future.

There are many ways you can lower your risk of getting kidney stones. The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases recommends drinking plenty of water – at least 12 glasses a day. You should also limit your intake of caffeine as this can contribute to a more rapid loss of fluids from the body. Dietary modifications and medications may become necessary if you continue to develop kidney stones despite increased water intake.