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How to Prevent Kidney Stones

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Roughly one in ten seniors will experience painful kidney stones that cause extreme pain and kidney infections. They are very uncomfortable, which is why live-in Milwaukee caregivers should help their elderly loved ones avoid getting kidney stones. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to prevent kidney stones by implementing the following advice.

Drink a Lot of Water

Dehydration causes concentrated urine levels that are more likely to form kidney stones. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that seniors drink enough water. Doctors recommend that seniors drink about two to three quarts of water each day.

Avoid Foods High in Oxalates

Calcium oxalates are naturally occurring compounds that often crystallize into kidney stones. Certain foods contain extremely high oxalate levels, so seniors should avoid eating a lot of beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, chocolate, rhubarb, black tea, and soy.

Stop Smoking

In addition to causing many other health problems, smoking tobacco influences hormones that directly alter kidney function. If a senior already has had a kidney stone, smoking greatly increases his or her chances of getting another. 

Get the Right Types of Calcium

Though calcium oxalate compounds are a major contributor of kidney stones, low calcium levels also increases the likelihood of kidney stone formation. Calcium supplements may also increase kidney stone risks, but the body still needs a lot of calcium to avoid kidney stones. Try to get enough calcium through dairy, leafy greens, and other natural calcium sources.

Urinate Regularly

One of the biggest risk factors for people developing kidney stones is holding their bladder for too long because it encourages stone formation. Seniors should urinate whenever they feel the urge to go even though it may be inconvenient.

Lower Protein Levels

Seniors with a high protein diet get reduced levels of citrate as a result. Citrate is an important chemical that reduces kidney stone formation. Therefore, seniors should try to eat a balanced diet instead of eating excessive amounts of protein.

In order for seniors to enjoy their golden years, it’s important to maintain physical wellbeing. With help from Home Care Assistance in Milwaukee, local seniors learn to eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly, and adopt healthy habits that boost both physical and mental wellness. Contact us at (414) 964-8000 today to learn more about our comprehensive services and set up a free consultation.

How Seniors Can Prevent Kidney Stones