Kidney Stones Prevention Pierre SD

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.

Min-Hwa Chow, MD
(712) 255-7746
938 Pebble Beach Dr
Dakota Dunes, SD
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
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Louis Charles Raymond
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640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
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Tina Marie Melanson, MD
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1001 E 21st St Ste 300
Sioux Falls, SD
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Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1997
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Oleg P Georgiev
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Sioux Falls, SD
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1001 E 21st St
Sioux Falls, SD
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601 E 20th St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1996

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Alex Kessler, DO
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1310 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1997

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1001 E 21st St # 300
Sioux Falls, SD
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus
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David Hugh Kovaleski, MD
(804) 828-9682
6104 W Queens Cir
Sioux Falls, SD
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Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
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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