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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Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1994

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Neil Collinge, MD
622 W Maple St Ste H
Farmington, NM
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Nephrology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Prabhjote Kaur, MD
(505) 327-3897
2715 N Dustin Ave
Farmington, NM
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Nephrology
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Female
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Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Kristin Saenz
(505) 563-2800
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Allan Michael Lenetsky, MD
1650 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Santa Fe, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1972

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Catalina G Voinescu, MD
(573) 882-4141
5011 Pinecroft
Farmington, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Female
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Medical School: "l Blaga" Univ Of Sibiu, "v Papilian" Sch Of Med, Sibiu, Romania
Graduation Year: 1996

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Mark Robert Rohrscheib
(505) 272-3850
5th Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Osvaldo Rene DeLavega
(505) 521-1575
2919 Hillrise Dr
Las Cruces, NM
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Nephrology

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Oladipo Adeolu Adeniyi, MD
1900 Redrock Dr
Gallup, NM
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Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1996

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Melissa Jeanne Schiff, MD
(585) 341-6895
2211 Lomas Boulevard North East,
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Female
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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