Kidney Stones Prevention Manhattan KS

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.

David Eugene Webb
(316) 263-5891
818 N Emporia St
Wichita, KS
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Sue Kathryn Anderson, MD
(913) 727-3828
713 Canyon View Dr
Lansing, KS
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Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1977

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Arnold M Chonko
(913) 588-6000
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS
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Lakshmi Konda Duvvur, MD
823 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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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: 1999

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Linda Lea Francisco
(316) 263-5891
818 N Emporia St
Wichita, KS
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Ushasri Challa
(316) 263-5891
818 N Emporia St
Wichita, KS
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Nephrology

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Richard Allan Huseman, MD
(913) 831-2430
20375 W 151st St
Olathe, KS
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Nephrology
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1972

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Steven Mark Rankin, MD
1500 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1996

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Richard A Schumacher
(913) 381-0622
1295 E 151st St
Olathe, KS
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(785) 354-9591
823 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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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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