You practically live outside in the summer. During all that activity in the heat, your body loses fluids. Replenishing those lost fluids is essential to avoid dehydration, which is a major risk factor for a common condition among men: kidney stones.
Kidney stones form when minerals and chemicals in the urine merge. Kidney stones are known for causing pain when they become stuck in the urinary tract, but discomfort isn’t the only reason to take them seriously: They can damage the kidneys, cause urinary tract infections, and may increase stroke and heart disease risks.
The No. 1 way to prevent most kidney stones—not to mention avoid dehydration—is to drink an adequate amount of fluids each day, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Experts recommend drinking two to three liters of fluid a day, most of which should be water.
If you are concerned about kidney stones or have questions about your urological health, schedule an appointment with Michael D’Angelo, MD, at (863) 419-2165. He has 2 convenient locations in Champions Gate and Davenport.
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health. Dr. D’Angelo is a member of the medical staff at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.
Request an appointment online with Dr. D’Angelo at www.HeartofFloridaPhysicianGroup.com or call (863) 419-2165.