Kidney Stones Prevention Greeneville TN

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.

Stanley Michael Lee, MD
(615) 452-0048
300 Steam Plant Rd Ste 430
Gallatin, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Dublin, Trinity Coll, Sch Of Physic, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1970

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Gerald Schulman, MD
(615) 322-6976
Clinical Trials Center 215 Medical Arts Building,
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1977

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Kim M Huch
(901) 448-2300
1910 Nonconnah Blvd
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Ramon Eduardo Mendez, MD
(508) 341-9329
2134 Bishops Bridge Rd
Knoxville, TN
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1982

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Mohammad P Bhidya
(865) 992-3000
300 Main St
Maynardville, TN
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Nephrology

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Bettina Harman Ault, MD
50 N Dunlap St
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1984

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John Kenton Endsley, MD
(270) 824-0334
2094 Silver Leaf Dr
Clarksville, TN
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1990

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Urath Suresh, MD
1932 Alcoa Hwy
Knoxville, TN
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Calicut Univ, Calicut, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Steven C Butler
(423) 245-6000
2002 Brookside Dr
Kingsport, TN
Specialty
Nephrology

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Ahmad Abdullatif Wattad, MD
(423) 439-7320
325 N State of Franklin Rd
Johnson City, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Padova, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Padova, Italy
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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