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Preventing Kidney Stones



Kidney stones -- or small, hard mineral deposits that form in the kidneys when urine is very concentrated -- are a common urinary tract disorder. Symptoms of kidney stones include pain in the side or back (often severe), pain that spreads to abdomen and groin, pain with urination, pink or brown urine, and an increased need to urinate. See more symptoms.

While kidney stones can strike anybody, there are several factors that could put you at increased risk, including:

  • Being male (men have nearly twice the risk of women)
  • Personal or family history of kidney stones
  • Being obese
  • Eating a diet that’s high in protein, sugar, or especially sodium
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Taking certain medications

Learn more about risk factors.

It’s also important to know the facts about diet and kidney stones. Calcium oxalate stones are the most common type of kidney stone. Many people assume that they should limit consumption of calcium. However, calcium can actually combine with oxalate to prevent their absorption into the body and thereby reduce the risk of forming kidney stones.

If you or someone you love suspect that you may have a kidney stone, it’s important to get the right treatment – fast. El Camino Hospital has been a leader in innovative, minimally invasive procedures for more than 30 years, and can offer the best treatment options, from medication and diet modifications to outpatient procedures or surgery. We have the largest urology medical staff from all over the Bay Area, and can schedule procedures including minimally invasive lithotripsy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about our stone treatment program.

Not all kidney stones can be prevented, but knowing your risk factors and talking to your doctor can help reduce the likelihood of getting one. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 408-866-7331 or click here to find a doctor.

Learn more about preventing kidney stones with easy steps such as staying hydrated while exercising and pairing calcium-rich foods and drinks with oxalate-rich foods during meals.


This article first appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Chinese Health Initiative Wellness eNewsletter. Learn more about the Chinese Health Initiative.

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