As seniors age they often develop painful kidney stones, which are hard mineral deposits that form in the kidneys and cause painful and even bloody urination. Following are a few ways seniors can prevent kidney stones from forming as recommended by Centennial caregivers.
The simplest way to prevent kidney stones is to drink enough water each day. An adequate intake of water helps to flush out the kidneys and other parts of the urinary system. By drinking plenty of water, a person also decreases the overall concentration of various types of solid compounds that might otherwise accumulate within the body. Regardless of age, a person should drink between six to eight glasses of water on a daily basis.
Limit Calcium Intake
Diet also plays a major role in the prevention of kidney stones. Although calcium delivers many benefits such as the support of healthy bones and teeth, this mineral tends to form in excessive amounts within the kidneys. Calcium combines with other compounds to form deposits that are known as kidney stones. For example, calcium oxalates are considered the most common types of kidney stones. Oxalates refer to a group of substances that are naturally found in animal protein. By limiting the intake of meat, fish and dairy products, a person can reduce his or her risk of getting these specific types of kidney stones.
Avoid Too Much Sodium
Sodium is another major cause of kidney stones in aging people. However, sodium does not directly accumulate in the kidneys or other body parts. Instead, sodium causes an excessive formation of calcium in the kidneys. To prevent kidney stones and other conditions like high blood pressure, sodium should certainly be limited to about 2,400 milligrams per day.
Get Regular Checkups
Before adjusting one’s diet, an individual should undergo a thorough diagnosis on the types of stones that might be forming in his or her kidneys. For instance, uric acid stones are structurally different than calcium oxalate stones. Ultrasound imaging, blood tests and urine analysis may provide the exact details on the types of kidney stones that are present. A doctor can then make the appropriate recommendations regarding the patient’s dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes.
Further your loved one’s physical wellbeing with help from Home Care Assistance of Centennial. Our highly trained caregivers work around your loved one’s schedule to help with everything from meal preparation and physical exercise to medication reminders and prescription pick-ups. Call 303.957.3100 today to schedule a free in-home consultation.