Kidney Stone: An Avoidable Disease
Seniors, you are the pillar of our lives; we are more reliable on you than anyone else. Grandma’s stories of the princess, desi nuskhas, simple solutions to big problems, grandpa’s thrilling real life incidents, important life lessons, their support are all that we cherish about our childhood. We’ve always known that our elder’s lives haven't been easy, they have many rough phases in their life, from financial to health problems…they’ve seen it all. But it’s time to throw a light on the most common disease that most of our seniors have - Kidney Stone Disease.
Kidney stones have become very common these days, not only seniors, but adults are also prone to this disease. A kidney stone is basically a disease that forms when a solid piece of material occurs in the urinary tract. It typically forms in the kidney and leaves the body in the urine stream. But there’s a problem with every solution and for that, we must first understand what causes Kidney stones.
According to doctors, you must avoid avoiding drinking water. Less intake of water has always been the major cause of kidney stone. A diet which includes excessive salt or sugar or junk food affects kidney stone on a large scale. Non-vegetarian food is also a cause of stone which can also lead to Uric Acid Stone. Genetic makeup and environmental features also play a major role in the development of kidney stone. But with every problem, comes its solution as well.
The renowned doctor, Dr S.N. Goyal, of RG Stone Hospital, Rajouri Garden, on the causes of kidney stone says, “Water, food content, climate, genetic makeup, racial factor and certain environmental factors play a major role in the development of Kidney stone. The Northern part of India is more effective to kidney stone than other parts of the country. In North India, people avoid drinking water, sweat more than peeing which increases the risk on the stone in their kidney.”
When asked about what should our seniors specifically do to avoid this disease, he said, “Seniors tend to have more presence of bladder stone more because of a number of medicines they have to take and also because they avoid taking the much-required amount of fluid, on daily basis. Seniors should have a healthy diet full of proteins and should decrease the amount of salt and sugar in their diet. A big No to junk and non-vegetarian food. Seniors should exercise daily, stay happy, go for walks in the morning and evening, avoid stressful situations and get yourself diagnosed on regular basis to stay fit and healthy.”
How To Know If You’ve Kidney Stone
There are very basic and common symptoms of Kidney stone which someone might ignore, just like difficulty in urinating, urinary urgency, penile pain, or testicular pain. DO NOT IGNORE THEM; if checked carefully, this can be treated at home only.
You might not need to go under knives if you take care of your body as prescribed by the doctor. But if you feel more pain and just have to go for surgery, don’t worry! Seniors, you don’t have to worry about the cost and process of the surgery. Doctors say that treatment has become simplified over time with advanced technologies and modern science. With less loss of blood and pain, the stone can be curated and removed from your body through advanced technologies. With that, hospital stays have also come down to almost 3 to 4 days.
Dr Goyal says, “Over two or three decades ago, the stone was removed by making a cut and operating the whole area to get rid of stone but now, the process has changed completely. With advanced machines, the stone is curated with less loss of blood and causes minimum pain. Hospital stays, which were at least 10 days earlier, has come down to 3 to 4 days. It saves patient’s money and time, as well.”
But Indians are more attracted towards desi nuskhas and home remedies to cure their bodies which can be harmful, at times. According to Dr Goyal, these desi nuskhas or home remedies aren’t reliable. It’s not the medicines that cure you, it’s just the nature of the disease which can disperse with the course of time or get worse. Do not fall into this trap. Seek for better advice from professionals and experts.
A kidney stone is a common yet curable disease. You can prevent yourself from the disease by being aware and taking several precautions. The best way to a healthy life is a healthy diet and stress-free life. Your body is your only asset, by the end of the day. Take a step ahead in saving your body and the world is with you.
All About Seniors care for you, that is why we try to keep you aware of the problems and their solution to help you in living your life stress-free. If you want to know more about Kidney Stones, visit our website www.allaboutseniors.in or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re confused about whom to consult, contact us and we’ll find the best doctor for you.