kidney stones

Kidney stone basics, including some ways to avoid them

Mar 22, 2015
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Often described as the worst pain imaginable aside from child birth, kidney stones can seemingly happen to anyone. But what is a kidney stone? How is it formed? Is passing one as painful as they say? More importantly, is there any way to prevent kidney stone altogether?

Joining us on “Take Care” to talk about the basics of kidney stones and how to prevent them is Dr. Glenn Preminger. Preminger is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of urology at Duke University.

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With the incidence of kidney stones on the rise, experts believe the obesity epidemic is at least partially to blame. But there are some preventative measures that could save you from some pain.

One way to help prevent the formation of kidney stones: drinking eight ounces of water (with a squeeze of lemon) every hour. Dr. Stephen Knohl, a nephrologist at Upstate Medical University, shares more tips for fending off kidney stones.

Steady fluid intake is the first step, especially for those who have a history of kidney stones. But not all fluids are equal. Alcohol, dark-colored sodas and juices with high fructose corn syrup are not good choices. Other things to limit: salt and animal protein. Hear more this Sunday at 9 p.m.