For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom Capezzuto
At UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Urologist Says Keeping Hydrated is Key to Avoiding Kidney
Consuming liquids in the summertime with will not only quench
your thirst, it also will provide proper hydration to prevent
the formation of kidney stones, a common occurrence in the summer
months, according to a urologist at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
"Drinking large quantities of water, cranberry juice and citrus
juices is not only healthy, it may prevent a kidney stone attack,"
said Dr. Mark Jordan, chief of the Division of Urology at the
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
"Those who have a family history of kidney stones should consume
at least two quarts of liquids daily," he said. "If tests reveal
that there is excess calcium, products such as milk, cheese and
antacids should be avoided."
Kidney stones are crystal structures formed by excessive salts
in the urine. The most common is the calcium stone, which will
increase in size until it is not passable and becomes lodged in
the ureter, the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the
bladder and causes tremendous pain.
"Men between the ages of 40 to 65 are three to four times more
likely to develop kidney stones than women, although we still
don't know why," Dr. Jordan said. "It is estimated that most men
have about a 10 percent chance of experiencing stones in their
Kidney stones often are detected through a routine urinalysis
or through x-rays. Symptoms may include severe back pain, blood
in the urine, a strong odor in the urine or a fever.
Small, uncomplicated stones may either be passed or respond well
to medication, but larger stones may require multiple treatments.
"Most outpatient clinics across the United States are equipped
with lithotripsy equipment, a device that is able to accurately
pinpoint the stone and crush it with shock waves," Dr. Jordan
"It is impossible to predict when a kidney stone attack will
occur, but eating citrus fruits and consuming lots of liquids-especially
during the summer months-are the best approaches to avoiding these