Category: Health & Fitness
Published on Thursday, 04 June 2015 00:00
Written by Shawn Danker
The weather in Singapore is starting to heat up and that is not an entirely good thing. The heat could cause your body to develop kidney stones due to dehydration.
Doctors say that more people develop the condition whenever the weather turns up the heat, causing more people to become dehydrated. Many folks get dehydrated without realizing it and often mistake the signals of dehydration for hunger pangs.
So how does dehydration affect the formation of kidney stones?
Dehydration creates more favorable conditions for minerals within your body to crystallize in your kidneys. The resulting pains you may experience are caused by the kidney stones moving to other parts of your urinary tract. The severity of the pain depends on the size of the kidney stone lodged within your urinary tract. Even worse, some people may mistake the pain radiating from your kidney area as back pain and delay seeking help.
Kidney stones can take between a day to several weeks to pass through your body. The intense pain you experience during that period will eventually go away and complications are rare.
Most kidney stones that are 5 millimeters in size or less will pass on their own from your body within a week or two. Doctors often prescribe patients with medication that help relax the muscles in patients' ureters. However, if the pain is too unbearable or if the stones are too large, Doctors will opt to use shock wave therapy, which is a non invasive treatment that shatters the kidney stones into smaller pieces which your body can pass out. Outpatient surgeries for kidney stones are rare these days thanks to the use of shock wave therapy.
The exact reason of why kidney stones form are not entirely clear to the medical community, but it is believed to be linked to rising global obesity rates. Men are more likely than women to develop kidney stones.
People who have had a kidney stone have a higher chance of recurrence than people who have not developed any. Doctors say that you can prevent a recurrence by changing your diet such as drinking lots of water and avoiding sugary sodas and caffeinated drinks. Your doctor might also advise you to reduce your calcium intake by cutting back on calcium rich foods as well.
Kidney Stone Facts
Calcium oxalate stones make up the majority of kidney stone cases. Other types of kidney stones include calcium phosphate, uric acid and struvite.
A family history of kidney stones increases your risk of developing kidney stones. One in four people with kidney stones have a relative who have had them in the past.
Cases of stones are more common in hot environments because of dehydration. Doctors recommend drinking 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and avoiding sugar loaded sodas or caffeinated drinks such as coffee and Red Bull. Both sugary and caffeinated drinks tend to dehydrate your body instead of rehydrating you, so just stick to plain water and water parade frequently.
Diabetics tend to develop calcium phosphate stones while gout patients tend to be afflicted by uric acid stones. Urinary tract infections can cause struvite stones to form within your kidneys.
Diet can play a role. Doctors recommend eating lots of fruits and vegetables and consuming a moderate amount dietary. Reducing your meat intake and in some cases avoid foods with high levels of oxalate, such as spinach, will reduce your chances of developing oxalate stones.
Two other types are calcium phosphate stones and uric acid stones, which are more common in people with diabetes.
Colas contain phosphoric acid which contribute to phosphate stone formations and should be avoid.
Protein rich diets promote uric acid formation so moderating your meat intake will help reduce uric acid crystal formation.
There are also some rare types of stones, such as struvite stones, which can be caused by urinary-tract infections.