Lemonade Versus Kidney Stones
MADISON - "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
So the saying goes, but urologists at UW Hospital and Clinics, including Steven Nakada, MD, (pictured) are turning that phrase slightly on its ear when treating some of its patients suffering from kidney stones.
In these instances, when life gives you kidney stones, drink lemonade.
Lemon juice contains high levels of citrate, a key ingredient in the treatment of kidney stones. So, in keeping with a trend to implement changes in personal habits, including diet, rather than prescribing medicine when possible, many kidney stone patients have been undergoing "lemonade therapy" rather than taking potassium citrate as pill or liquid medication.
CBS News recently spoke with Dr. Nakada for a story on kidney stone treatment. Dr. Nakada spoke during a news conference on kidney stone research at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Atlanta.
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Date Published: 06/15/2007