Kidney Stones Prevention Alamogordo NM

The old rumor that it’s important to keep calcium low in the diet has been proven incorrect. In fact, just the opposite is true: research shows that increasing dietary calcium can decrease the incidence of calcium oxalate stones in recurrent stone formers, in part, at least, by binding oxalates from food.

Michael A Velasquez, DO
Alamogordo, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1994

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Susan Zhiqun Sun, MD
601 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
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Nephrology
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Medical School: China Med Univ, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Graduation Year: 1989

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Farid Osman, MD
(806) 358-8477
3901 Indian School Rd NE Apt B201
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Hassan Ii, Fac De Med Et De Pharm, Casablanca, Morocco
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert Z Fialkow, MD
(270) 688-2665
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
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Manish Pandya
(505) 326-6521
622 W Maple St Ste H
Farmington, NM
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Lucia T Corro, MD
(505) 521-0008
4005 Canyon Ridge Arc
Las Cruces, NM
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Nephrology
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Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
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Richard Cronin
(505) 563-2800
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
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Aubrey R Morrison, MD
4411 Corrales Rd
Corrales, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Royal Coll Of Surgeons In Ireland, Med Sch, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1970

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James William Whitfield, MD
(505) 863-7200
1900 Redrock Dr
Gallup, NM
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
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(575) 521-0008
2930 Hillrise Dr
Las Cruces, NM
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Reducing the Risk of Kidney Stones

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By Dan Lukaczer, ND

Q I’ve had kidney stones a couple of times in the past few years. My doctor says they come from calcium oxalate and that I should drink more water. Is there anything else I should consider?

A If you’ve had any type of kidney stone more than once, I would put you in the category of a recurrent kidney- stone former. Thus, your chances of having a repeat episode are high. You’re not alone. More than 500,000 Americans per year suffer from kidney stones. For a man, the chance of developing a stone is one in 10 over the course of his life. For a woman, the chance is somewhat less.

You mention your kidney stones are the calcium-oxalate variety—the most common stone by far (other types are struvite, uric acid and cystine). Studies show the creation of these stones is related to diet, particularly to eating oxalates. There are a number of foods that contain natural oxalates, with the highest amounts found in spinach. Rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran and strawberries also have oxalates, and all should be limited in the diet when this type of kidney stone is a problem.

Additionally, it is important to increase the solubility of oxalates in the urine so they don’t crystallize and form stones. As your doctor suggested, you should make a habit of drinking plenty of water each day so you stay well hydrated. A rule of thumb is to drink at least eight glasses per day. There are also specific nutrients that appear to help, with magnesium, potassium and B6 leading the list. A recent study that analyzed chronic stone formers who took approximately 500 mg of magnesium oxide and 5 g of potassium-sodium citrate for one week found that oxalate crystals in the urine—a warning sign of potential stone formation—decreased by two thirds.

Lastly, the old rumor that it’s important to keep calcium low in the diet has been proven incorrect. In fact, just the opposite is true: research shows that increasing dietary calcium can decrease the incidence of calcium oxalate stones in recurrent stone formers, in part, at least, by binding oxalates from food.

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