Older Women: Exercise May Lower Risk for Kidney Stones

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kidney stoneIf you have ever had kidney stones or known someone who did, you know that they cause excruciating pain and discomfort and everyone wants to avoid having them. Also, the process to remove them is both painful and ultimately something that could have been avoided.

The good news is that now a new study has found that older women can reduce their risk of getting kidney stones through exercise. Another way to reduce the risk is also to avoid high calorie foods. We already know that in order to maintain our general health, it is a good idea to exercise regularly, even if moderately, and eat healthy and nutritious foods.

 Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Georgetown University and University of Washington School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 85,000 postmenopausal women in the United States and found that higher levels of physical activity seemed to lower the risk of kidney stones by as much as 31 percent.

The amount of exercise — not the intensity — is the key factor in reducing kidney stone risk, according to the study scheduled for Saturday presentation at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, in San Diego.

The researchers also said that reducing the amount of high-calorie foods they consume could cut postmenopausal women’s risk of kidney stones by more than 40 percent.

“Kidney stones are a very common health condition, and as with most health conditions, prevention is key,” AUA spokesman Dr. Kevin McVary said in an association news release.

“While we know diet is one of several factors that can promote or inhibit kidney stone development, this study shows lifestyle changes such as exercise can also help prevent stones from forming in postmenopausal women. Further research is needed to understand if this observation is accurate for other demographics,” he noted.

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