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Exercise and Kidney Stones

Regular Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Kidney Stones in Postmenopausal Women

Published May 13,  2014

A new study has revealed that postmenopausal women who are physically active and consume healthy diet show a reduced risk of developing kidney stones.

Some studies suggest that healthy postmenopausal women who receive estrogen therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney stones (nephrolithiasis). Research also suggests that obese people are at more risk of developing kidney stones than people with normal weight. However, whether increased physical activity and reduced caloric intake can help in preventing kidney stones is not very clear yet. A recent study therefore evaluated relationship between physical activity, diet control and kidney stones in 84,225 women with no history of stones as part of the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study.

The researchers obtained information on activity done per week, calibrated dietary energy intake, and Body Mass Index (BMI) for all the study participants. The researches then determined the incidence of kidney stone development, and found that women who were involved in regular physical activity were at much lower risk of developing kidney stones. Interestingly, compared to inactive women, those who did at least some activity showed 16 percent less risk. As activity increased, the risk of incident stones continued to decline. Furthermore, as dietary energy intake increased the risk of incident stones increased by up to 42 percent. Higher BMI category too was associated with increased risk of incident stones.

Overall, the findings of this new study reveal that higher caloric intake increases the risk, where as physical activity may reduce the risk of incident kidney stones in postmenopausal women.

Routine exercise and physical activity is vital for a healthy life. During menopause, staying fit can be of foremost importance. Read how regular exercise can benefit you during postmenopausal phase.

 

Reference:

  1. Sorensen MD1, Chi T, Shara NM. Activity, energy intake, obesity, and the risk of incident kidney stones in postmenopausal women: a report from the Women's Health Initiative. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014;25(2):362-369.
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