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8 Weird risk factors for kidney stones

Kidney stones are one of the most common urinary tract disorders. If you want to stay guarded against it, know these risk factors and causes.

Kidney Diseases By Himanshu Sharma / Jul 18, 2015


Do you think salad is one of the healthiest food options? Think again! If your salad has spinach, rhubarb, and beets, you are definitely at risk for kidney stones. These veggies contain oxalates that bind with calcium in the intestine and lead to stone formation.

Animal proteins

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that animal proteins cause calcium to be leached from the bones, which then is excreted in the urine where it can form stones.


Nuts again are high-oxalate food, especially peanuts, cashews and almonds. They are one of the top foods that may increase the amount of oxalate in the urine.


Not all fluids benefit your kidneys the way water does. If you consume sugar-sweetened soda and beverage on a regular basis, you are increasing your risk for kidney stone formation.


Stress can do a lot of wrong to your health. When you are stressed, formation of kidney stones is highly likely. It is believed to be because of vasopressin hormone, which increases concentration of urine.


Those who live in warmer climates are at greater risk for kidney stones compared with people who live in colder climates. Warm weather is related to sweating, which can lead to dehydration – a significant risk factor for kidney stones.


If you have a sedentary lifestyle or are bedridden, your risk for kidney stones is high. Immobility increases blood levels of calcium from bone breakdown to up the risk.


Thyroid hormones, loop diuretics and AIDS medications have been identified to cause kidney stones. Chemo can have a similar effect. Antacids are also known to change the acidic content of urine, thus putting you at greater risk.



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