Kidney Stones Prevention North Las Vegas NV

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.

Muhammad Nasir Tufail, MD
4333 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Conchitina Crisostomo, MD
1815 E Lake Mead Blvd Ste 210
N Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1995

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Bindu Khanna
(702) 877-1887
500 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV
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Ramchand Ranai
(702) 877-1887
500 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Ramchand Bulchand Ranai, MD
(815) 937-4880
500 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Del Noreste, Esc De Med, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1988

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Cherukoth J Verghese, MD
(702) 653-3633
4700 Las Vegas Blvd N Bldg 2587A
Nellis Afb, NV
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Nephrology
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Education
Medical School: Scb Med Coll, Utkal Univ, Cuttak, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Luis Manuel Ortega, MD
(305) 243-6251
1604 Bearden Dr
Las Vegas, NV
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Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ De Zaragoza, Fac De Med, Zaragoza, Spain
Graduation Year: 1984

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Lawrence M Lehrner, MD
(702) 877-1887
500 S Rancho Dr Ste 12
Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Spanish
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Valley Hosp Med Ctr, Las Vegas, Nv; Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas, Nv
Group Practice: Nephrology & Endocrine Assoc

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Cyril Akokotu Ovuworie
(702) 369-3699
900 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV
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Nephrology

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Marvin Jay Bernstein, MD
(702) 877-1887
500 S Rancho Dr Ste 12
Las Vegas, NV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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