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Lemonade And Other Dietary Strategies Can Prevent Kidney Stones

April 22, 2010: 10:59 PM EST
Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, and are often accompanied by fever and blood in the urine. But there are simple dietary ways to prevent their occurrence, or re-occurrence. Drinking four ounces of reconstituted lemon juice in two liters of water a day, for example, has been shown to decrease the rate of stone formation from 1.00 to 0.13 stones per patient. Other prevention strategies include drinking lots of liquids, and reducing the intake of salt, dietary calcium and protein. Once a kidney stone is detected, medication is usually the first and primary method of treatment. But sometime surgery is required. Surgical options include shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy and ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy. All in all, prevention through lemonade therapy seems the wiser, and simpler, course of action.
Roger L. Sur, MD, "Five Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones: From Lemonade to Surgery", News release, UC San Diego Health System, April 22, 2010, © UCSD Medical Center
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