What Causes Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are most commonly caused by a build-up of salt and minerals, or calcium-oxalate, that are eventually passed out through your urine. While kidney stones usually are a very minor condition, they can cause severe pain. These are some of the most common causes of kidney stones:


kidney stonesDiet

One of the biggest causes of kidney stones is your diet. The foods that that can increase your chances of getting a kidney stone are:

  • Red meats
  • Foods high in sodium
  • Foods high in oxalates (Nuts/seeds, tea, soy, vegetable greens, spinach and berries)
  • Foods high in calcium

These foods  negatively affect your kidney’s ability to properly filter calcium and dilute acid.


Genetics play an important role. While you don’t have much control over genetics, it is important to be aware of the following genetic causes of kidney stones:

  • Family history of kidney stones
  • Men between the ages of 30-50
  • Diseases and conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, past UTI and Gout


While kidney stones are more directly affected by genetics and diet, studies have shown that there is some correlation between mineral supplements, such as calcium and vitamin D, and kidney stones.


Kidney Stone Treatment in Sarasota, Fl

If you’re suffering from kidney stones, or would like to learn more about the prevention or treatment of kidney stones, please contact Dr. Daniel Kaplon at (941) 917-8488