Kidney stone risk in postmenopausal women reduced with light exercise: Study

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | Kidney Health | Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Kidney stone risk in postmenopausal women reduced with light exercise: StudyKidney stone risk in postmenopausal women may be reduced with light exercise. The findings of the study revealed that light exercise – up to three hours a week – can lower the risk of kidney stones in postmenopausal women by 31 percent.

The researchers looked at data from over 84,000 postmenopausal women and found that engaging in light physical activity can help prevent kidney stones. Even simple activities like light gardening were enough to reduce the risk.

Kidney stones are common among women, and research has found they may be a result of a systemic problem. Obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease have all been found to play a role in kidney stones.

Study author Dr. Mathew Sorensen said, “Being aware of calorie intake, watching their weight, and making efforts to exercise are important factors for improving the health of our patients overall, and as it relates to kidney stones.”

Some researchers suggest that women who take part in any exercise generally have overall healthier habits, which would reduce other risk factors contributing to kidney stones. For this reason, the study should be replicated to include a more diverse group of women.

The findings do suggest that exercise and activity of any sorts should be added into one’s kidney stone prevention plan.

Exercise and cutting high calorie foods may lower kidney stone risk in older women

A link has been uncovered between exercise and the reduction of the kidney stone risk among older women. The researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Georgetown University, and University of Washington School of Medicine analyzed data from over 85,000 postmenopausal women. The researchers found that higher levels of exercise were associated with a bigger reduction in the risk of kidney stones – as much as 31 percent.

American Urological Association spokesperson Dr. Kevin McVary said, “While we know diet is one of several factors that can promote or inhibit kidney stone development, this study shows lifestyle changes such as exercise can also help prevent stones from forming in postmenopausal women. Further research is needed to understand if this observation is accurate for other demographics.”

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