Kidney Stones Prevention Hastings NE

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.

Vinaya Rao, MD
Emile @ 42nd Street,
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jonathan Valeriy Weitzmann, MD
110 N 29th St
Norfolk, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kazan State Med Inst, Kazan, Russia
Graduation Year: 1986

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Helen Bergado Lovell, MD
(402) 559-7344
982169 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1976

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Leslie Allen Spry, MD
(402) 484-5600
7520 N Hampton Rd
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Bryan Mem Hosp, Lincoln, Ne; St Elizabeth Comm Hlth Center, Lincoln, Ne
Group Practice: Lincoln Nephrology & Hyprtnsn

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Martin Henry Bierman
(402) 398-6700
7710 Mercy Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Anwar Ahmed, MD
(402) 837-5381
PO Box 250
Macy, NE
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1979

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Prakash N Roy
(402) 484-5600
7441 O St
Lincoln, NE
Specialty
Nephrology

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Heather T Lechnowsky, MD
(402) 398-6700
7710 Mercy Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1988

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Vinaya Rao, MD
(402) 559-9227
983040 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Anna Catherine Maio, MD
(402) 280-4180
601 N 30th St Ste 5850
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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