Risk Factors for Kidney Stones

They say that music soothes a stressed and worried soul. I can attest that this is true based on my experience. Whenever I play the piano or hear my students playing the piano, it relaxes me. Because of this, listening to music or playing instruments can in one way or another help people prevent certain diseases which may be caused by stress or worries. One of these predicaments is kidney stones.

Yes, stress is just one of the risk factors for developing kidney stones. Kidney stones are a common condition affecting the urinary tract. Although they are not life-threatening, it is something you would not want to have. What do kidney stones feel like? They can cause severe pain when you are passing urine. But there are ways to prevent this problem. One of them is being aware of its risk factors involved, especially those that you are in control of.

Risk factors within your control:

Inadequate fluid intake: How much fluid do you take particularly water can help you prevent or be at risk of kidney stones. If you are not drinking enough water of at least eight glasses a day, your urine can become very concentrated, allowing the formation of stones.

Diet: Consuming foods that are high in sodium, oxalate and protein makes a person at high risk of kidney stones.

Weight Gain and Obesity: Although there is no conclusive evidence yet, some researchers associate obesity, weight gain or a large waist circumference to urine composition and insulin resistance. It causes the body to excrete more uric acid and calcium, which could alter on form into kidney stones.

Medicine: Certain medications such as indinavir and acetazolamide also cause kidney stones.

Stress: People who have a stressful life are also more likely to develop kidney stones. Researchers associate it with vasopressin which is released by the body when a person is stressed. This hormone increases the urine concentration which could lead to the development of stones.

Risk Factors Beyond Your Control

Age: Kidney stones are more common among men who are in their 40s and above and women in their 50s and above. However, for younger women, it is common during the last stages of pregnancy.

Family history: If any of your parents as well as sibling have kidney stones, you are also more likely to have them. This is also true among families with a history of gout.

Ethnicity: Based on reported cases of kidney stones, Caucasians have the highest incidence, followed by Mexican Americans and then African-Americans.

Geographical location: The local water as well as the common diet of the people in your geographical area may also contribute to your risk of developing kidney stones. In the US, the lowest occurrence is reported among people in the west and the highest occurrence is reported in the southern region.

Medical condition: Patients with gout are at risk of uric acid stones. People who have a medical condition that causes them to be bedridden are more prone to developing calcium stones.

Now that you these risk factors, there are surely some things that you could do to prevent kidney stones. And if you already have it, your next course of action would be to find home remedies for kidney stones, you can find out about them here, or refer to your doctor for medical treatment.