People who eat more fruits and veggies and less salt have fewer kidney stones than those with less healthy diets.
A stone-stopping diet is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while limiting salt, red and processed meats, and sweetened beverages. It is important to reduce your risk of kidney stones because they can cause other health problems. Kidney stones are linked to higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, increased body weight, and other risk factors for heart disease.
For those of you looking for a healthy diet plan that incorporates the elements mentioned above, check out the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet.
In a research study conducted by Eric Taylor, MD, of the Maine Medical Center and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the eating habits of 200,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals were followed in three large studies to compare healthy eating habits on the formation of kidney stones.
The food choices of each person were rated based on eight components of a DASH-style diet. Individuals with higher DASH scores consumed diets that were higher in calcium, potassium, magnesium, oxalate, and vitamin C and lower in sodium.
Of the more than 5000 kidney stones that developed in the three studies, more occurred in those without healthy eating habits. People with the highest scores on the diet-rating scale were between 40% and 45% less likely to develop kidney stones than participants with the lowest scores. The reductions in kidney stone risk were independent of age, body size, fluid intake, and other factors.
As the DASH–style diet may affect the development of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases associated with kidney stones, the researchers also performed an analysis limited to study participants without hypertension or diabetes. Even among those individuals, the DASH diet reduced the risk of kidney stones.
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