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Let’s Talk Kidneys: How You Can Avoid Kidney Stones

Hello and welcome to another discussion about health! It has come to the attention that there has been quite a spike in people who have been diagnosed with kidney stones that need immediate removal.


If you experience any of these symptoms, please go to a hospital or get checked up by your general practitioner:

Severe Pain

The pain that is commonly associated with kidney stones is quite sharp and can come in waves. The pain is normally found in the side or in the back of a person—generally beneath the ribs. It can also be pain that shoots downward from the lower abdomen and proceeds downward towards the groin area.

When you have kidney stones, you will experience pain whenever you urinate.

Nausea and Vomiting

If the pain mentioned above is accompanied by feelings of nausea and then vomiting (that does not abate) it is critical that you get checked.


While kidney stones cannot be completely prevented, there are certain things that you can do to lessen the likelihood of you getting kidney stones. Here are some tips for you:

Up the calcium in your diet

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the correlation between calcium and kidney stones. People generally believe that since the more common type of kidney stone is actually make of calcium (part of it at least) then putting more calcium in the diet is bad.

The truth is calcium can help you lower your likelihood of getting kidney stones. Be warned that if you choose calcium supplements, you will be increasing your risk.

Lessen your sodium intake

Salt is the primary reason why kidney stones develop. Salt, ideally, gets flushed out with the urine. However, when there is too much salt in your system, your body cannot keep up. The excess salt does not let your body absorb the calcium in your kidney and therefore form into stones.

Here some foodstuff that’s pretty high in sodium:

  • Instant noodles
  • Canned food
  • Condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, etc.)
  • Junk food

It would be best for you to lower your intake of foods which are high in sodium.

Avoid supplements

A rather surprising culprit behind kidney stones is health supplements. People generally make use of health supplements as they do not have time or funds to imbibe the sort of food that is needed to be in good health. Vitamin C supplements are a pretty common cause of kidney stones in men.

There is also a heck of a lot more that you can do in order to avoid developing kidney stones. I highly suggest that you learn of the other ways that you can limit your likelihood of getting kidney stones. I had kidney stones once—it was during the 3rd year of medical school. You can blame that on the fast food, not much sleep, lots of beer and not much water. Perfect recipe for kidney stones!

What ways have you guys learned to avoid getting kidney stones?

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Getting Sorted Out: What Sorts of Tests Can Be Expected?

Welcome back to another blog post! Things have rather hectic but I wanted to make sure that there would always be another article that you guys can use to supplement your understanding about urology and what you guys can do to be in better health. Today’s discussion is going out to anyone who has ever been unsure of what sorts of tests patients are usually put under when they are suspected to have urological issues.

Here are some of the common tests or procedures that I and other urologists may subject you to:

Urine Collection for 24 Hours

Usually when your urologist believes that there might be something in your kidney or your bladder, they will ask you to collect some of your urine over the span of 24 hours. You are expected to keep the samples cold or cool until it is time to submit the samples to the lab for testing.

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You will usually be given a special set of containers and a schedule on which you should be collecting samples. The bottles should be clearly marked with the time of the collection.


This is a quick and often painless procedure that is done for both sexes. The examination and procedure involves placing a lighted scope into the urethra. This is necessary to inspect the state of the urethral passage and the canal which leads to the bladder.

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An x-ray is a fairly common test. Whenever a person is feeling any sort of pain in their lower torso or mid-section, an x-ray is always in order. An x-ray will help your medical practitioner to determine the visible cause of your pain or your symptoms. If they cannot see anything visibly wrong, there will be other exams that will follow like a battery of blood work.


Now an ultrasound might seems like it something that only gynecologists make use of. However, your kidney’s health can also be determined through an ultrasound. The image that the test can create can provide the medical practitioner a better idea of where your kidneys are and if there are any visible issues.

Prostate Exam

This was discussed at quite some length with our very first blog post. A prostate exam is ideally done to determine the present state of a man’s prostate gland. Additional tests will be conducted if the urologist determines they are necessary. It is ideal for men to start getting annual prostate exams around their forties.

I feel that there will always be some sort of concern regarding the tests that are linked to urological problems. This is why I firmly believe that having frank discussions like the one we’ve had today. I hope that more and more individuals will understand the tests and prepare themselves accordingly. Now, I’d like to pass on a question to all of you, what sort of tests or procedures do you expect from the urologists office?

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Bladder Health: Four Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

With the temperatures rising significantly, there have been more and more people that have been having bladder problems. Our bladder is one of the most hardworking yet underappreciated organs in our body. So today, I wanted to give some handy tips on how you can keep your bladder in better health.

Drink More Water

Never underestimate what water can do for your body. Don’t fall into the latest trend of juice cleansing and other things. Your body needs water consistently. Your body uses the water that you drink to flush out any unwanted bacteria or acids from your system. When you do not give your body the water that it needs, you can experience visible differences in the color of your urine.

Always remember that water is very, very good for you. During hot seasons, always make it a point to pack a water bottle with you so that no matter where you go, you’ll always have access to liquids.

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Don’t Hold It In

Holding in one’s pee is often a normal fact of life especially when you live an active one. At the most, it is acceptable to hold in one’s pee for about an hour. The trouble begins when you regularly hold in your bladder and start prolonging the period between urinating. When you keep in your pee, you put additional stress on your system.

If you make it a habit, you’ll promote the growth of bacteria in your bladder which can lead to bladder infections.

Ensure Your Bladder is Empty

A lot of the time, people tend to rush the urination process. This is either because they’ve been holding it in for too long or they are pressed for time. When this happens, there is a possibility that the bladder does not get to fully release all the urine that it has been keeping.

Where there is urine that is left in your bladder to wait the next time it is full, you risk your likelihood of contracting a bladder infection. So always make it a point to stay chill and to ensure that every last drop is out of your bladder.

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Avoid Being Overweight

Being overweight doesn’t really help anyone. It puts additional stress on the heart and other parts of the body. Your bladder also suffers because it—along with your kidney—need to work twice as hard to get rid of bacteria, toxins, and other unwanted particles in the body. Make sure that you exercise regularly and eat healthy in order to optimize your body’s functions.

Our bladder allows our body to get rid of harmful elements in the body. Once the kidney has done its job, it is the bladder’s turn to rid the body of anything that can hurt it. So when you don’t take care of yourself and your bladder, you can end up ruining your body’s natural functions.

Do you take care of your bladder? What other ways do you know of to keep your bladder healthy?

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Medical School Talk: What Sort of Training Do Urologists Have?

The field of Urology is often one which has people quite confused or just generally puzzled. People tend to wonder what the path to becoming an Urologist is. This is what I shall be discussing today! Hello and welcome back to my blog! I truly appreciate the feedback that I received from the previous post. I shall be making another Q&A post later on in the life of this site.

I hope that you guys will continue to give me your support! Without further ado, let’s get started!

How Do You Train to Be a Urologist?

When you want to be a Urologist, there is quite a long road ahead waiting for you. It all, of course, starts with:


Before you start going to medical school, you will need to pass a four-year pre-medical school degree in University. This is one of the major requirements for you to get accepted into Medical School. Once you get accepted, you will have to undergo around 4 years of training. On the 3rd and 4th year of your medical training, you will have to do mandatory clinical rounds. Most budding Urologists will select Urology rounds as an elective in order to get a head start.

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After graduating from medical school, the residency starts. This residency, which focuses on Urology in particular, will last a minimum of five years. As you may not be aware of, Urology has different branches so if you pick a particular branch like surgery, you will need to add around two years on top of your residency.


Once you have finished with all your schooling, training, residency, and additional post-residency things, you will be eligible to take the exam in order to be certified. Only those who are board certified in the field of Urology will be allowed to be practicing Urologists.

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When all is said it done, it can be pretty easy to lump the entire experience into a few sentences. However, this should not give the impression that this journey was easy. Choosing to be a Urologist is a path that is strewn with thorns and thick brushes that you will have to fight through. Given all this information, would you consider a career in urology?