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Sheeza Basharat
Sheeza Basharat2 months ago
Special Diet Can Prevent Kidney Stones⁠

Special Diet Can Prevent Kidney Stones⁠

Low dietary calcium and potassium intake are important risk factors for the development of incident kidney stones as well as their symptomatic recurrence, a population-based study of dietary factors shows.⁠ ⁠ "Our research is of particular importance as recommendations for preventing symptomatic recurrence of kidney stones has largely been based on dietary factors associated with the incidence rather than the recurrence of stone formation," Api Chewcharat, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said in a video discussing the study.⁠ ⁠ "We recommend a daily intake of calcium of approximately 1200 mg and a diet that is high in potassium, especially high in fruits and vegetables, in order to prevent both incident and recurrent symptomatic kidney stone formation," he stressed.⁠ ⁠ Lower dietary calcium intake was associated with a higher risk for symptomatic recurrence, although a lower dietary potassium intake was also associated with a higher risk for symptomatic recurrence.⁠ ⁠ A higher calcium diet is associated with a higher urinary pH, and citrate confers an alkali load which helps protect against the formation of calcium oxalate stones. Foods that are high in potassium also contain more fluid, citrate, and phytate, which, again, have been reported to be protective against kidney stones. ⁠ ⁠

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