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Ways Your Diet Could Be Causing Kidney Stones

Things That Cater To Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are among the most common urinary tract disorders. They don’t always cause patients to have symptoms of pain, but the larger stones may block urine flow, which can later produce painful situations. Kidney stones may not have a definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. One of those factors in question is your diet. Today, our urgent care team will be talking about a few reasons ways your diet can cause kidney stones.

1.) Not Drinking Enough Water: If you’re not drinking between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day, then you could be dehydrating the body. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels. Drinking water helps dilute the urine so minerals or stone-forming salts cannot develop into stones.

2.) Eating Oxalate-Rich Foods: According to Linda Massey, Ph.D., at Washington State University in Spokane, many soy-based foods have enough oxalate in each to potentially cause problems for people with a history of kidney stones. If you’ve had calcium oxalate stones in the past, it is recommended to lower the amount of oxalate in your diet. Other oxalate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: chocolate, peanuts, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tea, colas and rhubarb.

3.) Overdose On Vitamin D & Calcium: The body does need vitamin D to survive, but if you take in too much you’ll be at risk for the formation of calcium kidney stones. Avoid taking vitamin D supplements unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider. You can get enough vitamin D each day by drinking fortified milk, eating yogurt, eating fortified cereals or by spending 15 minutes in the sun each day. Of course, if you’ve had calcium kidney stones in the past, then you’ll want to be careful about the amount of calcium packed foods that you consume.

These are just 3 common ways that your diet could cause you to have kidney stones. It should be noted that our urgent care staff understand that every person is different and has their own medical history to weigh in as a factor for everything they should or should not be doing. If you suspect that you have kidney stones of any kind, seeking the advice of a medical professional is advised.

High Cholesterol urgent care

First Med Urgent Care Talks About High Cholesterol

Urgent Care Topic: Cholesterol

You’ve probably heard high cholesterol mentioned a lot in association with various health screenings, but what you should know is that high cholesterol is something that can occur in anyone young or old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have higher than healthy cholesterol levels. Even one-fifth of America’s youth (age 12-19) have at least on abnormal lipid level.

This is pretty serious stuff! In fact, when your cholesterol is too high, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form plaque. The plaque buildup can slow or block blood flow and lead to more serious conditions such as; hardening of your arteries, Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, Heart Attack and Stroke.

Whether you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol at an urgent care or already being treated, you should know what to speak with a doctor about in order to manage your condition the best way possible.

Be willing to discuss some of the following:

  • Whether you have stress, sleep troubles or anything new happening in your life.
  • When your cholesterol was last checked.
  • If you’ve made any diet changes.
  • If you take medication for cholesterol and whether you are consistent in taking it.

There is no direct symptoms in the vast majority of cases, so a blood test is the only way to know whether or not your cholesterol level is above 240 milligrams/deciliter. If you’re over the age of 20, it’s a good idea to start getting your cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. At First Med Urgent Care, we have an onsite lab which is perfect for obtaining medical information quickly.

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First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems.