The kidney stone diet: a quick guide
A diet that involves taking one kidney stone pill daily for up to a year may help prevent kidney stones and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers found that kidney stone prevention may be effective in patients with a low-grade kidney stone count.
A team of researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of California San Francisco and the University in Munich analyzed data from more than 3,500 people with chronic kidney disease and found that people who took a pill every day for six months reduced the risk of developing kidney stones by an average of 51%.
The study involved more than 300 people who were followed for a period of six months.
The researchers used a test to determine the level of kidney stones that were found in the kidneys of people with moderate to severe kidney stones, and found a reduction in the incidence of kidney stone formation with a daily pill.
A low-level kidney stone is one that forms when urine does not contain enough calcium to support the kidney.
The stones form because the body is unable to make enough calcium.
Dr. Elinav Geller, the study’s lead author and a professor of medicine at the Hebrew University, said that people taking a daily dose of a pill containing 10 milligrams of vitamin D3 each day can reduce their risk of kidney damage by nearly 50%.
The researchers suggest that taking a pill daily is especially effective in people who are at high risk of becoming diabetic, who are taking a high-calorie diet and are taking medications that increase blood sugar levels.
“People with diabetes, for example, may take a pill twice a day, and it could have an effect on blood sugar, too,” Geller said.
Geller added that the pill’s effects were even more impressive when considering that it is only a pill once a day and the study was small.
The pill works by inhibiting the growth of kidney cells that normally form kidney stones.
The pills work by lowering the levels of calcium in the blood.
Gellar said the researchers also discovered that the pills were effective at preventing the formation of new kidney stones from occurring.
“The pills may have an important role in preventing kidney stones in people at high or moderate risk,” Gellar said.
“It may be a powerful treatment option for people at risk.”
The pill is available at Walgreens and other health care providers nationwide.
The study was funded by the Eli Lilly Foundation.