Kidney Stones | Prevention

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What can I do to keep from getting another kidney stone?

Most people who have kidney stones have a 50% chance of developing another kidney stone within 10 years. But there are things you can do to lower your risk:

  • Drink at least 2 liters of fluids (water is best) per day. Your doctor may have you measure your urine output to be sure you are drinking the right amount of fluids.
  • Do not eat more than 1,500 mg of salt per day (about 1 teaspoon). This includes salt in pre-packaged food. Check nutrition labels to see how much salt (sodium) is in your food.
  • Try not to eat more than 2 servings of meat per day. Each serving should be no more than 6 to 8 ounces.

If you have had more than one kidney stone, your doctor might send you to a specialist to find the exact cause of your stones. Some people need medicine to keep from getting another kidney stone

Source

Medical Management of Common Urinary Calculi by PK Pietrow, M.D. and ME Karellas, M.D. (American Family Physician June 01, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060701/86.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/06

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