Kidney stones, one of the worst feelings you never want to experience, is on the rise, says urology expert, Dr. David Samadi. Experts suggest this increase in numbers is tied to poor nutrition, like salty processed foods and too much refined sugars. Unfortunately, the summer season is the peak months for developing kidney stones. Lots of sweating combined with dehydration allows concentrated minerals to form.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) April 5, 2018
Dr. Samadi’s video, featured on Facebook, explains how kidney stones form, making their way down the uretha and causing blockage. The expert urologist also calls for a fundamental change in the way we eat, which has a significant impact on the kidneys.
How They Form
Kidney stones form from normally dissolved components of the urine, which deposit as small crystals at first and grow into larger lumps over time. As the deposits dissolve and move down toward the bladder, the kidney stones become ureteral stones that can cause extreme pain. About ten to twenty percent of the population, in the course of lifetime, will form a kidney stone, says Dr. David Samadi. “And men are affected three times as often as women.”
Kidney stones are really a by-product of our poor nutrition, being overweight, alcohol and ingesting too much animal protein. Kidney stones are formed from ingested minerals that accumulate, especially in concentrated urine. That is why physicians advise everyone, especially those affected from kidney stones, to drink two to three liters of fluid daily – especially water – to flush out the kidneys and urinary tract regularly.
Kidney and ureteral stones can go unnoticed for a long time, says Dr. Samadi. At first, usually unproblematic smaller grains or stones are formed which, if at all, are discovered by accident during a medical examination. Only when the deposits grow into larger stones and begin to migrate in the kidney and urinary tract do they become dangerous. If larger stones enter the ureter, they can cause severe discomfort. The pain to carry kidney stone(s) down the ureter causes severe pain, which can be distributed to the genitals, thighs and groin. Dr. Samadi has remarked, the intensity of the pain can be similar to childbirth. But it can also become very dangerous.
If a stone clogs the ureter and prevents the urine from draining away, it can happen that the urine, which is accumulated in the kidney, causes bacteria to enter the bloodstream, called Urosepsis. According to Dr. Samadi, with the rise in kidney stone patients, it makes sense that people pay more attention to their diets. Animal protein and fat should be consumed only moderately, and everyone should drink at least two liters of water a day.
With more than 20 years of medical experience, Dr. David Samadi is considered an international authority in urological medicine. He is Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as Chief of Robotic Surgery, and has been an active teacher to incoming residents. Dr. Samadi completed his medical and urology residency at Montifiore and Albert Einstein Hospitals, then an oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
He is also a Fox News medical correspondent, and has his own show that airs on Sundays, “Sunday Housecall.” You can learn more about urological disorders, and keep up to date with the latest developments on Dr. Samadi TV, or his Prostate Cancer 911 website.
Dr. David Samadi’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DrDavidSamadi/