may form when the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other
substances found in urine changes. How this balance changes determines the type
of kidney stone you have. Most kidney stones are
calcium-type—they form when the
calcium levels in your urine change.
You can do many things to help prevent a recurrence of kidney stones. Knowing the stone's specific mineral composition can help determine which preventive steps are most likely to reduce your risk of getting another kidney stone. Check with your health care provider before making any major changes in your diet, but these general guidelines may be suggested depending on the type of kidney stone.
Drink 2 to 3 quarts of liquid every day. Drinking plenty of fluid is probably the most important...
Not drinking enough water. When you
don't drink enough water, the salts, minerals, and other substances in the
urine can stick together and form a stone. This is the most common cause of
Medical conditions. Many medical conditions can
affect the normal balance and cause stones to form. Examples include
gout and inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease.
More commonly, kidney stones can run in families, as stones
often occur in family members over several generations.
cases, a person forms kidney stones because the
parathyroid glands produce too much of a hormone. This leads to higher calcium levels and possibly calcium kidney stones.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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