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Thursday, February 01, 2007

2-Step Simple Self-Care Solution to Stop Stones in Diabetes

I recently read a report which suggests that people with diabetes are more likely to develop kidney stones than other with normal glucose metabolism. (Let me know if your physician would like a link to this report).

There are many reasons why some people inherit a tendency to form kidney stones more easily than others. Urine analysis can suggest the most likely cause to a doctor.

Prescription medicines, lithotripsy, and various kinds of surgery, can be used to manage kidney stones, which are very painful indeed, but there are 2 easy things that you can do on your own to reduce the chances of stones forming:

1. Drink plenty of water: the chances are that crystals of calcium or oxalates will pass out before they can aggregate to any appreciable size. The actual quantity of water you need to drink a day varies with the climate and your level of physical activity, but 8 glasses is an average for the sub-tropical climate in which I live. Your doctor will be able to suggest a target which suits you best. Overall, it is quite possible that you drink less water than you should, so it always helps to review the matter.

2. Try and get your daily calcium requirements from diet, especially from unsweetened, low-fat milk, of from soy, or from coarse cereals, rather than from calcium tablets. The latter have become fashionable because of sustained advertising and promotion by manufacturers, but getting your calcium from the dietary sources I have mentioned is safer for your kidneys.

Let me know if you would like to know more, or if you would like to add your personal experiences with kidney stones, and their self-care methods for prevention.


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