Exercise May Reduce Kidney Stone Risk in Women

A study of 85,000 postmenopausal women found that higher levels of physical activity seemed to lower the risk of kidney stones by as much as 31 percent.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Georgetown University and University of Washington School of Medicine concluded that the amount of exercise — not the intensity — is the key factor in reducing kidney stone risk.

The study also indicated that by reducing intake of high-calorie foods postmenopausal women could reduce the risk of kidney stones by more than 40 percent. Diet has always been linked to kidney stones. This study shows overall lifestyle changes of diet and exercise as possible further prevention of the development of kidney stones.

Urology Care Alliance physicians encourage patients to take a preventive approach to kidney stones. “Kidney stones are a very common health condition and can be very painful. This study reinforces the value of prevention and that preventive efforts for kidney stones is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Russell M. Freid, MD.

The study, presented at a medical meeting, is expected to be published soon.