Kidney stones develop due to certain substances building up in the urine, such as ammonia, calcium, cysteine, oxalate and uric acid. However, it is also possible for a kidney stone to form for other reasons. Some people are more likely to develop them due to their genetic makeup. Lifestyle factors such as diet or lack of exercise can also lead to the creation of these stones. Kidney stones are sometimes large enough to need an operation, and alternatively, others may pass through the urinary tract fairly easily.
There is no consensus on how exactly diet contributes to kidney stones, but there is evidence that certain foods affect. It seems that people consume a low fiber/high protein diet may be most susceptible. People with kidney stones may benefit from reducing their intake of meat. They should also consider reducing their intake of chocolate, peanuts and other foods containing oxalates. Furthermore, research shows a link between consuming fish and poultry and the incidence of uric acid kidney stones.
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