Soda and Other Sugary Drinks May Cause Kidney Stone Formation

Soda and Other Sugary Drinks May Cause Kidney Stone Formation

Recent study revealed that too much consumption of soda and other sugary beverages are more likely to develop kidney stones.  According to the Clinical  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, about 20% American men and 10% of the American women will have a kidney stone in their lifetime.  In one of the research, 159 out of every 100,000 people who drank a sugar sweetened non-cola beverage less than once a week developed kidney stones as compared with the 306 out of every 100,000 who drank soda daily.

Although obesity, dehydration and hypertension also contributes to the risk factor of kidney stones, this recent findings on sugary beverages is another risk factor.

THE KIDNEYS:

Wikipedia clearly defines that they are organs that are essential in the urinary system and serve homeostatic functions such as the regulation of electrolytes, maintenance of acid-base balance and regulation of blood pressure.  They serve the body as a natural filter of the blood and remove wastes which are diverted to the urinary bladder.  In producing urine, the kidneys excrete wastes such as urea and ammonium.

Kidney which regulates the body fluid volume are related to blood volume and blood pressure in  your arteries.

THE STONE:

Kidney stones is a combination of a mineral build up and the most common type of stones contain calcium.  Soda contains highly of calcium oxalates which may in turn form into kidney stones.  A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract.  People with kidney stones often experience an excruciating and a cramping pain on the lower or side back, groin or abdomen.  Severe paid may include vomiting.

WHAT SHOULD WE DRINK THEN?

Water is still the best remedy.  Patients with uric or calcium stones should drink at least 10 glasses of water per day.  If you drink a lot of water the color of the urine must be paler and not dark yellow.  Although the consumption of  water will depend on how much calcium does the water contain.  But nevertheless, what is important is our intake and how to prevent the stone formation.

Hydration and healthy diet is the key to maintain a good and functional kidney.  But there were studies that there are beverages that lowers the risk of kidney stone buildup:

  1.  Lemon Juice –  it raises the citrate levels which might prevent calcium stone formation.  Considered as a natural home remedy.  Mix two ounces of fresh lemon juice with two ounces of virgin olive oil.
  2. Red wine –  It is recommended to take seven glasses of red wine per week,
  3. Beer – alcohol is diuretic and it quickly flushes out kidney stones.
  4. Caffeinated and Decaffeinated coffee is also included in the list of lowering the risk of developing kidney stones.  26 percent  lower risk for caffeinated and 16 percent lower for decaffeinated.

“While there is no conclusive evidence that sugary drinks alone can cause kidney stones… diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, had been linked to the formation of kidney stones.” As disclosed by Dr. Michael Palese, “Associate Professor of Urulogy Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

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