Kidney stones are hard masses that form in the kidneys. They typically consist of insoluble compounds—usually calcium oxalate. They are the result of an accumulation of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of the kidneys, and vary in size. Some are so small that when you pass them through the urinary tract, you don’t even notice. Others are larger and can be quite uncomfortable, to say the least. Passing the stones is important, though, as kidney stones that remain in the body can lead to other conditions. If you can take steps to prevent them from developing, you should. Here are some things that you can do to minimize your risk of getting kidney stones:


-Drink water throughout the day! If you live in a hot, dry climate, or if you exercise frequently, drink more!


-Eat less oxalate-rich foods, such as rhubarb, beets, okra, spinach, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes, nuts, tea, chocolate and soy products.


-Eat less salt and animal protein. Opt for non-animal protein sources, such as beans, whenever possible.


-Eat calcium-rich foods, but reconsider calcium supplements. If the supplements are needed, make sure to take them with a meal.


Contact Dr. Lawrence Newman—your Las Vegas urology specialist—to schedule an evaluation today!