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.

Terrence Jay O'Neil, MD
(423) 926-1171
22 Hunters Ridge Rd
Johnson City, TN
Specialties
Nephrology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1976

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Stanley Eugene Vermillion
(423) 929-7158
107 Woodlawn Dr
Johnson City, TN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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John Thomas Morris
(901) 755-0208
7640 Wolf River Cir
Memphis, TN
Specialty
Nephrology

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Martin Quan Tran
(423) 929-7158
107 Woodlawn Dr
Johnson City, TN
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Medical Oncology

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Mark Allen Wigger
(615) 269-4545
4230 Harding Rd
Nashville, TN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Susan Alex, MD
(731) 668-4337
142 Willow Green Dr
Jackson, TN
Specialties
Nephrology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Univ Of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Jackson-Madison Cnty Gen Hosp, Jackson, Tn
Group Practice: Madison Kidney Clinic

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Clara Ruth Womack, MD
(615) 356-4111
393 Wallace Rd
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1984

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Donald Franklin, MD
(423) 778-7036
979 E 3rd St # B1111
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Nephrology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn; Parkridge Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Nephrology Associates

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Raul Carlini, MD
(615) 444-0188
217 Oak Hill Dr
Lebanon, TN
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ghazali A Khan, MD
(901) 751-4068
8465 Tilden Ct
Germantown, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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