Do Stone Formers Accept Dietary Advice?
Hypercalciuria, hyperoxaluria and hyperuricosuria are important risk factors for idiopathic urolithiasis1. It is essential to reduce these abnormalities in urine to minimise recurrence of stone formation. Phosphates and thiazides are commonly used to treat hypercalciuria. However, it is also important to correct the others as far as possible to prevent stone formation successfully. We have shown previously that reduction in the consumption of refined carbohydrates, animal protein, oxalate-rich foods and addition of fibre to the diet reduce urinary excretion of all the above risk factors2. Since the treatment for stone prophylaxis is a life-time measure, this form of dietary manipulation must be totally acceptable to the patient if it is to achieve its object. We report herein the results of a long-term compliance study of a group of stone-formers who were treated by dietary manipulation.
KeywordsSugar Sucrose Carbohydrate Oxalate Bran
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