Did you know that 1 in 20 Americans will have a kidney stone at some point in their lives? Kidney stones are minute collections of minerals that form inside the kidneys in response to decreased urine production or an increase of the minerals related to stone development. Under ideal circumstances, these minerals are broken down by special chemicals inside the body; however, if these chemicals are not present in sufficient quantity, stones will begin to form. Once formed, they must travel out of the body via the urinary tract or remain in the urethra, kidneys, or bladder.
Among other things, kidney disease is a decreased ability to filter waste products out of the body. Since kidney stones can form in response to minerals not being broken down, this can signal that a person is at risk for developing kidney disease. This is why consulting with a renal care doctor is such an important part of the treatment process, especially if other risk factors are identified.
Know the Risk Factors
If you have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, or have a family history of chronic kidney disease, then you are at risk for developing this condition. Your doctor can screen you for the disease and provide support in managing the risk factors affecting you. Since your risk for kidney diseases increases as a result of having kidney stones, you should definitely get screened if you have ever had one.
Preventing Kidney Stones
There are some simple things you can do to prevent the development of kidney stones and chronic kidney disease. These include:
Make Healthy Kidneys a Priority
Kidney health is essential to overall wellness. Implementing a few simple strategies will help decrease the risk of developing a range of kidney ailments. If you would like to learn more about kidney health and chronic kidney disease, talk with your doctor or consult Reliant Renal Care’s patient information library.