Can Fiber Reduce Chances of Kidney Stones

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Here is yet another research which show benefit of dietary fiber.  Several studies have shown the enormous benefits of fiber consumption.  In the past we have published articles on benefits such as weight loss, heart health improvement, blood sugar control and many more such as this article.  In this article you can read how fiber can help  in reducing the chances of Kidney stone.

Consuming more dietary fiber from sources like vegetables and fruit may reduce your chances of developing kidney stones, especially in women who have gone through the menopause, suggests new research shared in the The Journal of Urology this week.

Dietary Fiber and Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are calcified mineral deposits that build up in the kidneys and have to painfully pass out through the urine unless they are so large that surgery or other procedures need to be carried out. A study by Mathew D. Sorensen, M.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle, found a correlation between high intake of dietary fiber, fruit, and vegetables, and a lower occurrence of the ailment.

How The Experiment Was Done

Sorensen and his team gathered data from 83,922 women who had gone through the menopause with a mean age of 64 years old, and found that 3.5 percent of those women had a kidney stone within 8 years. While factors such as previous kidney stone occurrences were taken in to account, they determined those who had never suffered from the problem were less likely to if they had a higher intake of dietary fiber, fruit, and vegetables. Those in the higher band of fiber intake were 6 to 26 percent less likely to get a stone, higher fruit resulted in 12 to 25 percent decreased risk, and high intake of vegetables resulted in 9 to 22 percent decreased risk.

While it’s possible that some other factors may have played a role in the results, it was concluded that postmenopausal women could significantly reduce there risk of developing kidney stones by upping their intake of these foods. A protective effect was also relevant to those who had suffered from stones in the past, but this was at the lower end of the decreased risk percentages. In other words, other factors contributed to recurring cases of stones, but higher intake may still help.

While some people are genetically pre-disposed to kidney stones or suffer from related ailments, it is generally accepted that risk can be reduced by upping your daily intake of water and reducing coffee and fizzy drinks and sodas.

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