Whereas in the past, kidney stones were mainly found in the 30-60 age category, these days they are also seen in young adolescents and people aged 60 and over. As many as 14% of adult men and 8% of adult women are affected by them. Adequate analysis, treatment and follow-up of kidney stones is very important.
Cause and prevention
As much as 85% of kidney stones is caused by an unbalanced diet. This can be corrected by eliminating certain mistakes in people’s lifestyle habits. This way, the incidence of kidney stones can be reduced enormously.
We therefore work very closely with the dietitian in our hospital who specialises in this field. Main points include a healthy diet (rich in fruit and vegetables, low in protein and containing as few sugars as possible) and drinking a lot. Patients should drink two to three litres of water per day: specific types of bottled water, tea, etcetera. It is important that these beverages do not contain sugar. But every patient is different: that is why it is important that this diet is customised for the patient and in line with the underlying mechanisms.
Kidney stone analysis in specialised laboratory
Do not bring your stone to your GP. Not every laboratory is specialised in stone analysis.
To find out which type of kidney stone you are dealing with, it is important to send them to a specialised laboratory. Although kidney stones can often be attributed to a poor diet, some are of course also caused by hereditary or metabolic disorders.
Before coming in for a consultation, you will need to have the kidney stone analysed by a specialised laboratory through your GP, to ensure that it has undergone correct biochemical evaluation. Your GP will be able to obtain the appropriate request forms for this through the Nephrology and Urology secretariats.