It has been estimated that 5% of the population is affected by kidney stones at any given time. And, sorry our fellow Texans, we live in what has been dubbed “The Stonebelt.” That means we are at a higher risk. In particular, it is the great men of our state, and several other Southern states, who may come face to face with a painful kidney stone at some point. Once you develop a kidney stone, research says that you have a higher likelihood of encountering another. For this reason, it is vitally important to understand what puts you at risk.
What the Southern States have in Common
Let’s just get straight to the point here: we like our meat. Texas is not one of those states where a hefty kale salad accounts for dinner, at least not for the average guy or girl. Not only do we consume more meat in our neck of the woods, but we may also have a diet that is rich in sodium. To cut down on salt doesn’t mean that you don’t sprinkle this flavoring on your food, although that’s a start. It also means to watch the packaged foods you buy, the frequency with which you eat fast food, and what types of beverages you drink. Ouch.
Another factor in kidney stones that is shared by residences of these states is the hot and dry climate. Many people work out in the warm weather without giving it much thought. It’s what we’re used to. Being that it is our norm, it is easy for us to forget the value of a tall glass of water – several, actually. According to studies, dehydration is rampant across the United States, and dehydration is a key factor in the development of kidney stones. Want to know if you’re getting enough water? Observe the color of your urine – and shoot for having very little, if any, color at all.
If you do develop symptoms of a kidney stone, you may gain some peace of mind knowing that your stone may pass within a couple of days. However, this does not happen without incident. You will know that something is happening in those delicate tubes that extend off your kidneys!
Collin County Urology offers diagnosis and treatment for kidney stones, and we can also help you develop a plan to prevent future stones. Call (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Kidney Stone. Bookmark the permalink.
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