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Kidney stones linked to heart disease

woman drinking waterAccording to a recent analysis appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association involving 242,105 people, women who have a history of kidney stones had an increased risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack or heart procedure. (An association between kidney stones and heart disease was not found in men.) Although the two conditions do share some of the same risk factors, researchers couldn’t pinpoint what was behind the increased risk for women specifically, so additional research is needed.

In the meantime, you can take preventive measures to avoid kidney stones, such as drinking plenty of fluids and limiting certain foods in your diet, such as salt and animal protein, found in eggs, fish and meat, as well measures for heart disease prevention such as regular exercise and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and cholesterol.