How to Keep from Getting Kidney Stones—Again

Apr. 25, 2018

5 tips for preventing repeat offenders

One of the unfortunate truths about kidney stones is that if you’ve had them before, you’re more likely to get them again. Preventing kidney stones completely is impossible, but there are ways to reduce your risk of getting them, especially for a second time.

Drink Water: To avoid the pain of another kidney stone, keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. Avoid sports drinks and sodas, as these are high in salt and sugar—both of which you should steer clear of if you want to stay kidney stone free.

Avoid Diabetes: Easier said than done, of course, but type two diabetes is a major factor when it comes to developing kidney stones again. Stay healthy and reap the many benefits of a diabetes-free life.

Get to a Healthy Weight: Obesity will increase your chances of developing kidney stones—as if you needed another reason to lose the excess pounds!

Reconsider Weight Loss Surgery: That’s right, you should lose weight, but maybe not with weight loss surgery. This kind of surgery actually increases your risk of kidney stones because levels of oxylate are much higher after this surgery. 

Keep Your Urologist in the Loop: No matter what, let your urologist know if you are considering a drastic lifestyle or diet change. He or she will be able to let you know if you are on the right path and flag any potential kidney stone threats. In the fight against kidney stones, you are not alone. Let your provider help you avoid another bout of kidney stones.

To learn more about kidney stones, including their prevention and treatment, see our Kidney Stones Guide today!


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