People who have from kidney stones can easily suffer from nephritic colic, which affects their daily routine and worsens their quality of life.
Many factors can contribute to producing kidney stones, such as diet and metabolism, high consumption of sodium and animal protein, or insufficient consumption of liquids or potassium.
The Integrative Nephrology Unit produces a metabolism study to identify the causes and conditions predisposing people to kidney stones and give an adequate response to this disorder through personalised diagnosis and treatment.
A metabolic study is a vital tool for the nephrologist, very useful for treating kidney stones at origin. The early detection of metabolic problems can reduce the appearance of kidney stones in both adults and children. It consists of a blood and urine test to assess the most important parameters such as the calcium-phosphorus balance, uric acid, oxalates, citrates, magnesium and different hormones that encourage kidney stones.
For prevention and treatment, the metabolic study is complemented by the Nutrition and PNIE Unit, as changes must be introduced in the diet, balancing the consumption of animal proteins, fruit and vegetables, increasing liquid consumption and reducing sodium.