Prevention of kidney stone formation

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Kidney Stone Formation Prevention

Everyone probably knows the saying: “Prevention is better than cure”. People who are ignorant and who do not care at all about their health will mostly suffer from their utter negligence and may possible die earlier. Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in the Philippines according to recent studies. Every year, about 120 Filipinos in every 1 million develop kidney failure due to stone formation.

One of the most painful kidney disorders are kidney stones. These are hard pebble-like lumps which develop from crystals that separate or pass out from the urine within the urinary tract. The crystal stones force their way out, irritating and wounding the inner wall (mucosa) of the ureter in the process. This causes so much pain and, most of the time, bleeding. If the stones hit a big blood vessel then massive and uncontrollable hemorrhage would result which would need immediate treatment.

Urologists enumerate the kind of common kidney stones. The most common kidney stones is calcium combined with oxalate or phosphate. Another type of renal stone is struvite which is caused by urinary tract infection. Another type of stone common to Filipinos is uric acid stone which is due to their food intake.

Stones occur more frequently in men than in women. However, people with a family history of kidney stones are also likely to develop stones. Kidney stone formation can also be associated with external factors like diet and lifestyle. Foods high in protein, fats and phosphorus, uric acid, calcium ,and sodium usually disrupt the kidneys’ natural process of filtration.

Urologists (Kidney specialists) advise that in order to prevent formation of kidney stones we have to have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Avoid salty and spicy enhancers.

MANAGEMENT

Kidney stones can now be treated with modern advancement in healthcare. The most common kidney stone removal procedure is through “extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy” (ESWL). It uses shockwaves to break kidney stones into small specks or pieces so that they can be easily carried by the urine flow through the urinary tract and out of the body.

Instead of undergoing surgery, doctors recommend a noninvasive treatment like taking oral medications to break down the formation of calcium and uric acid stones that can lead to faster recovery.

Please consult your urologist about such preventive medicine which offers a drug for renal therapy that breaks down or dissolves stones in the kidneys and urinary tract. Apart from easy discharge, it also prevents the stones from coming back.