Kidney Stones Prevention Hilo HI

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.

Dr.Curtis Lee
(808) 961-6655
24 Mauna Kea St # 1
Hilo, HI
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Nephrologist
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Karen Ikeno Ching, MD
(808) 432-8050
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
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Nephrology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jared Genji Sugihara, MD
(808) 531-5711
2226 Liliha St Ste 306
Honolulu, HI
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Nephrology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1967

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Barry Josef Zacherle, MD
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1965

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James H E Ireland, MD
(507) 266-1044
1520 Lilina Street Apartment #601
Honolulu, HI
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Nephrology
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1999

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Curtis Lee
(808) 961-6655
24 Mauna Kea St
Hilo, HI
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Nephrology

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Jehad Lakkis, MD
(808) 873-9587
PO Box 3029
Kahului, HI
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Nephrology
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Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1997

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Frederick Samuel Jones, MD
(808) 239-8247
PO Box 6415
Kaneohe, HI
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Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1979

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Jared Genji Sugihara
(808) 531-5711
2226 Liliha St Ste 306
Honolulu, HI
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Noah Malkiel Solomon, MD
(808) 433-3314
91-1040 Kekaiholo St
Ewa Beach, HI
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Male
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Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1999

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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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