Beer & Kidney Stones

This one’s for the guys: Stout, porter, or other hops-heavy beers can help prevent calcium deposits from forming in your kidneys. That’s a good thing, since calcium deposits eventually turn into painful, jagged asteroids of pain called kidney stones. Researchers in Finland tracked 27,000 men and found that every glass of beer they drank daily reduced their risk of kidney stones by 40 percent. If it’s too late, beer can also help you flush out that kidney stone. Your doc might want to suggest cranberry juice, but beer does the same thing—it dilates your sensitive tubing, so the stone can exit your body as painlessly as possible.

Of course, if you’re sitting around drinking beer thinking you’re safe, the extra weight gain and lack of activity will make you more susceptible to stones, which will certainly offset any benefit you may have been deriving.

Remember, as with everything else: Moderation and exercise is the way to go.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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11 Responses to Beer & Kidney Stones

  1. saddy June 29, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    hi, good article. This cleared the doubt I had in mind for years!! :)

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Site Dietitian June 30, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    Renal stones are mainly caused due to decreased water intake. Guzzle upto 2- 2.5 liters of water. you will stay from renal stones.

  3. Chuck August 22, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    I read a Cancer research report that Porter Malt beer attacks cancer cells too. Any other info available?……Chuck

  4. MANU October 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    the sudden pain that i had one day in my lower back made me run to doctor closeby , after doin all the blood tests and urine test, the doc said i might have kidney stones ,till tat day i dint no nothing abt kidney stones but now , its otherwise .after doin my sonography , the sono doc told me .. i had a 9 mm stone which was very close to my bladder … i mean they said that it had come way down way to low to be lazered and so .. i will have to do the lipthotripsy thing ..i also have a nother stone ..4 mm in the right kidney.so the lipthhotyipsy was done for the 9 mm stone and a stent was placed inside for a month , i did a nother sonography besfore removing the stent a month later , this time the only diff was the doc also told me a take – avp test – or somthing like that .. an exray test . now in the sonopgraphy the 9 mm stone was gone .. but in the exray test a 7 mm stone was there in the same location , but was not being seen in the sonopgrahy test .. neither now nor before ..the doc at the sonography center told me its deinetly a stone .. the doctore who operated me tells me .. its just an artifact …( imaginary stone ).. so .. i donno …since the operation happened abt 5 months back ..i feel sick all the time ..if i smoke now .. my bp rises .. one day it went all the way upto 132 .. damn..
    LOOK doc .. pelase gimme some suggestions …

    1: CAN I DRINK BEER …CAUSE I LIKE DRINKING BEER

    2: IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE 4 MM STONE IS CAUSING HIGH BP IN ME ..

    3: CAN I SMOKE .. ONLY WHEN I DRINK ..

    4: SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE 4 MM STONE TO GO BY ITSELF OR SHOULDI GET IT OPERATED

    5: IS THERE A POSSIBLIY THAT MY KIDNEYS ARE ALREAEDY DAMAGED ..

    6: CAN I GO TO THE GYM AND WORKOUT EXPECIALLY ABDOMEN EXCERCISES .

    7 SHOULD I JUST IGNORE THE LITTLE PAIN THAT I GET ONCE IN WHILE IN MY LOWR BACK .

    Thanks ,
    Manu ,
    KIDNEY STONES SUCK !

  5. MANU October 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    I ALSO READ SOMEWHERE ON THE INTERNET , THAT BEER HAS OXALATE IN IT .. WHICH HELPS IN THE FORMATION OF KIDNEY STONES …. IS THAT TRUE

  6. mayank June 1, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    i am suffering from a 13mm stone in my right kidney.
    howewer i am not having any pain since 2-3 months.
    the doc. suggested me to go foer lithotripsy…but i dont want to get operated.

    is there a possibility of removing it by medication an dincreased liquid or beer intake??

  7. khendruk August 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    follow the link and u will be surprised with the results.
    http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-kidney-stones1.htm

  8. Raj Vyas October 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Seems to be a great idea doing what sanjana says….

    Thx Sanjana for the cool prescription …

  9. Pratin November 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    i have size of 3.2mm small calculus in left kidney…so beer can flush or not…if yes give proper way how to do that….?

  10. Saurabh Sharma November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi I have been through with a surgery already on that time I had 33 mm of stone. But now after 6 month I am again getting the same pain. Please advice do I need to drink beer to flush the stone. Will It be helpful or If yes what beer because I have not taken any type of alcohol previously.

    Please do reply.

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