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Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

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It’s no secret that kidney stones are a common problem among the elderly. They occur when hard deposits of minerals and acid salts clump inside concentrated urine and result in serious pain when they are passed. Following are a few ways live-in Chicago caregivers recommend seniors reduce their risk of kidney stones.

Limit Protein Intake

Calcium oxalates are the most common types of kidney stones. Calcium is a mineral that is found in a wide variety of food and beverages that people consume on a daily basis. Oxalates are compounds that make up most protein that is derived from animal sources such as red meat and fish fillets. Dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream can also increase the risk of these types of kidney stones. To prevent calcium oxalates from accumulating in the kidneys, it is necessary to significantly reduce the intake of these foods.

Eat Citrus Fruits

Most nephrologists agree that citric acid is a potent chemical that can break up kidney stones. This acid is naturally found in citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Senior citizens who are prone to kidney stones should consume at least two whole citrus fruits each day.

Stay Hydrated

People who do not drink a sufficient volume of water per day become susceptible to forming kidney stones. Regardless of age, a person should drink between two and three liters of water per day. Other beverages such as coffee, tea and juice may not be helpful in reducing the risk of kidney stones. These drinks might contain ingredients that don’t get filtered out effectively by the urinary system of an elderly person. Furthermore, caffeinated beverages also have diuretic effects that dehydrate people.

Seek Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

This treatment sends powerful pulses of waves throughout the body in order to break up kidney stones that are still considered harmless. A doctor will also utilize ultrasound technology to precisely pinpoint the location and movement of the remaining fragments of kidney stones. Senior citizens should occasionally undergo ultrasound diagnostic tests in order to detect kidney stones that might otherwise cause a lot of pain if left untreated.

Part of living a vital and active life during the golden years is maintaining physical wellbeing. Home Care Assistance of Chicago provides flexible live-in and hourly home care to help clients accomplish this task while simultaneously assisting seniors with other aspects of daily life. Our compassionate caregivers offer help with everyday tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, and grocery shopping, which make life at home more manageable for our clients. Call (847) 906-3991 today and let us help your loved one accomplish the vitality and longevity he or she deserves.

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