Healthy eating is always recommended over unhealthy eating, however, it’s important to remember that everything SHOULD BE TAKEN in MODERATION.
Well, better to be safe than sorry, right?
But this 55-year-old man in China, just learned life the hard way. As his obsession with tofu goes beyond its normal vegetarian diet, consuming too many soy-based products and avoiding water, he ended up having 420 kidney stones from it.
I have never seen so many stones before. The operation took less than two hours, of which 45 minutes was used to remove the stones. At the end of the operation I realized my arms and legs were numb. The plate used to collect the stones had at least 420 of them of varying sizes and colored green and yellow. These didn’t include the tiny rice-sized stones that were taken out using specialist suction equipment, and these numbered over 100,” according to the chief surgeon, Dr. Wei Yubin.
The man from China’s Zhejiang province, known only as “Mr. He,” admitted that he has been eating tofu every day and drinking very little water which doctors blamed for the abundance of kidney stones.
Mr. He checked into People’s Hospital complaining about abdominal pain. However, after a very unfortunate CT scan revealed that his left kidney was packed with stones, the hospital’s surgery team prepared him for an excruciating two-hour operation. This was not Mr. He’s first run-in with kidney stones.
Almost 20 years ago, Mr. He had 10 stones removed via a procedure known as extracorpoereal shock wave lithotripsy. This non-surgical technique for treating kidney stones uses high energy shock waves to break stones into smaller pieces around the size of sand granules. Clearly that experience didn’t scare Mr. He into adopting a healthier lifestyle. Around 90 percent of kidney stones pass through the urinary system without treatment, but some form of treatment is needed for the unlucky few.
According to Dr. Yubin, the high number of kidney stones found in Mr. He was due to the high quantity of gypsum tofu found in his diet. Gypsum tofu is a popular food in East China packed with calcium sulphate, which the body cannot flush without sufficient water intake. If Mr. He had let his kidney stones go untreated any longer, doctors say he could’ve suffered kidney failure and lost his left kidney.
Dr. Yubin hopes this experience will convince Mr. He to practice healthier drinking and eating habits.
via Medical Daily