Obesity is a significant problem in our community and throughout America. Most people can, with determination, lose weight by viewing their diet and working out regularly. Others find programs such as Weight Watchers to be helpful. Sometimes, however, patients fail traditional weight loss methods and go on to require weight loss, or bariatric, surgery. Unfortunately, patients who undergo bariatric surgery have, over time, an increased risk of developing kidney rocks. Calcium and oxalate are ingested by the gastrointestinal or GI tract naturally.
Following weight loss surgery, patients have a tendency to absorb less calcium mineral from their GI tract. The ultimate end result is that higher degrees of oxalate have a tendency to happen in the urinary system. Under the right circumstances, the oxalate will form crystals, which in turn can aggregate to form kidney stones. Water is very important in kidney stone prevention. Weight loss surgery patients are trained to sip liquids during the day.
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A general recommendation is to consume at least 6-8 cups of water each day. Drinking water helps dilute oxalate in the urinary tract and prevent it from developing into rocks and crystals. Black teas, nuts, and dark leafy greens contain significant amounts of oxalates. Consumption of these kinds of high oxalate-containing foods should be limited.
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