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Preventing Kidney Stones May Be As Simple As Changing Your Diet

Preventing Kidney Stones

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  • The number one risk factor for kidney stones is not drinking enough water.
  • New guidelines recommend people who have had a kidney stone increase their fluid intake so they have at least two liters of urine per day
  • Increasing water consumption could decrease your risk of kidney stone recurrence by at least half

By Dr. Mercola

In the 1970s, less than 4 percent of Americans had suffered from kidney stones. By the 1990s, this had increased to more than 5 percent. Today, with rates continuing to rise, kidney stones will impact one in 10 US adults at some point during their lives -- usually between the ages of 20 and 50.


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