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

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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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Alfredo L Blas, MD
201 Cedar Street South East South
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1997

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Manish Pandya, MD
(410) 458-9920
6029 Bayhill Dr
Farmington, NM
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Nephrology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James William Whitfield, MD
(505) 863-7200
1900 Redrock Dr
Gallup, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1978

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Majd Abdelkader Isreb, MD
(505) 564-9332
6004 Tee Ct
Farmington, NM
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Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1994

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Darren Wesley Schmidt, MD
(505) 540-1337
529 Morningside Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1999

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Guruprasad Manjunath, MD
(505) 627-5828
313 W Country Club Rd Ste 12
Roswell, NM
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Nephrology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Jawaharlal Inst Of Post-Grad Med Educ, Madras Univ, Pondicherry
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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Aide Onime, MD
(505) 272-4750
5355 Stream Stone Ave NW
Albuquerque, 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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