Kidney Stones Prevention Crestview FL

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.

Abdul Rauf Mir, MD
(816) 444-7300
131 E Redstone Ave
Crestview, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Kashmir Univ, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Samir Karam Yassa, MD
(716) 898-4803
7740 S Tropical Trl
Merritt Island, FL
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1990

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Donald E Noble
(772) 287-9177
509 Se Riverside Drive
Stuart, FL
Specialty
Nephrology

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Barry Benj Schwartz, MD
2300 North Commerce Parkwayste-308
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1967

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Gary Alan Hyman, MD
(561) 832-8511
44 Cocoanut Row
Palm Beach, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: New Hanover Reg Med Ctr, Wilmington, Nc; Brunswick Comm Hosp, Supply, Nc
Group Practice: Southwestern Nephrology Assoc

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Nicholas Arjun Nagrani, MD
(850) 897-5746
233 Windward Cv N PH 01
Niceville, FL
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jorge A Kusnir, MD
(407) 894-4693
2501 N Orange Ave Ste 537N
Orlando, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1970

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Nehal Dassani, MD
(352) 392-4007
7404 SW 85th Dr
Gainesville, FL
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joaquin Omar Rosario Cacho
(407) 851-5600
3885 Oakwater Cir
Orlando, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Dr.Herman Zaharowitz
(727) 528-8992
4957 38th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
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M
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Nephrologist
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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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