Anyone whoâ€™s ever had kidney stones will tell you that the excruciating flank pain was not a pleasant experience. And once youâ€™ve had a first stone, about half of people are at risk of developing another stone within five years. Dr. Thomas Chi of the University of California, San Franciscoâ€™s Department of Urology says that diet can play a big role in preventing kidney stones.
"Three things that really do change peopleâ€™s kidney stones risks are your hydration, so drinking enough fluids. Not eating too much salt, and then people that eat a lot of animal protein or meat, all at one time, they tend to be at a higher risk. So commonly, when people have their first kidney stone, weâ€™ll tell them, instead of eating a whole steak at dinnertime, eat half at lunch and half at dinner, and that tends to do better for your body."
Chiâ€™s recent study found that zinc may be what drives stone formation, which he hopes will open new windows for treating kidney stones.
"Either new drugs, or new therapies, maybe even new surgical approaches that might focus on these heavy metals that may help us to prevent kidney stones."
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