- Reviewed by Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
When you get a kidney stone, a change in diet is in order. You'll need to avoid foods that are high in certain substances — such as oxalate — that can lead to the formation of more kidney stones. But watch out for exhaustive lists of foods to avoid. There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding the relationship between the consumption of certain foods and risk of developing kidney stones.
Types of kidney stones
Stones develop in the kidneys when high concentrations of chemicals form tiny crystals in urine and then start sticking together to form a growing stone. The vast majority of kidney stones are made of one or more of the following:
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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