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Reducing Your Risk of Kidney Stones

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Reducing Your Risk of Kidney Stones

These steps may help lower the risk of kidney stones:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Eating a balanced diet with more fruits and vegetables, legumes, bran, and beans
  • Limiting animal protein
  • Limiting foods that are high in oxalates, such as sweet potatoes, cocoa, almonds, or rhubarb
  • Limiting salt
  • Avoiding excess vitamin C and vitamin D
  • Taking calcium supplements with meals


  • Kidney stones. National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneystones.
  • Kidney stones. Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urology-a-z/k/kidney-stones.
  • Nephrolithiasis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/nephrolithiasis-in-adults-24.


  • Mark S. Itzkowitz, MD, JD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.