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Fri May 24 11:40:24 EDT 2013

Been dealing with both a diabetic and cardiac diet but now find that i need to include a diet for kidney stones-need help
Asked By: lescott53  
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2014-07-03 22:11:16.0

Dear lescott53 ,

Good for you to seek information on working in all three issues into your wellness plan!

From a nutrition stand point, the best approach is to prevent the formation of stones. Some stones are created as a result of what you eat. This is why you should speak to your doctor about the possibility of having your stones analyzed. If you pass the stone at home, be sure to save it for the analysis. If it is removed in the hospital, speak to them about sending it to the lab for analysis.

For example, some stones are made up of calcium-oxalate. A preventive measure would then be to limit foods high in oxalates such as peanuts, beets, meat and spinach.

In the meantime, drink at least 2 quarts of water daily – no matter what the make-up of the stone is. This will help to dilute your urine, making it less likely to accumulate the elements used to form a stone. As for the rest of your wellness plan, the food and activity routine for controlling blood sugars is the same as the regimen used for protecting your heart.

Your focus for BOTH should be on excellent blood sugar control, consuming a lot of vegetables, minimizing sugar, eating whole grains, consuming healthy fats and oils (olive oil, nuts, sunflower seeds) and engaging in daily activity. The dLife Healthy Eating Plate will ensure you make healthy food choices.

Check with your health care provider on what activity level is safe for you and then work on a safe level of exercise that includes both aerobic (walking, stationery bike) and strength training (exercise bands, machines with weights or free weights). Click here  to learn more about exercise.

Be well!

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2013-06-07 15:48:14.0

do you know what kind of kidney stones? do you also have gout? what diet are you on now? how long have you had problems?
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