Kidney Stones Prevention Redmond WA

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.

Astier M Alem, MD
11711 NE 12th St Ste 2B
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gregory Alan Sliman, MD
(206) 526-2541
17000 140th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1988

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Pamila R Keech, MD
(425) 990-8866
628 129th Pl NE
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: Overlake Hosp Med Ctr, Bellevue, Wa; Evergreen Hosp Med Ctr, Kirkland, Wa; Valley Med Ctr, Renton, Wa
Group Practice: Renal Care

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Philip W King Jr, MD
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1990

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Astier M Alem, MD
(206) 729-8879
12911 120th Ave NE Ste E50
Kirkland, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1992

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Yangming Cao, MD
(206) 405-9859
15058 NE 8th Pl
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Fujian Med Coll, Fuzhou, Fujian Prov, China (242-33 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1988

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David Alan Goodkin, MD
(425) 415-2227
3807 134th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1980

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William Griffith Couser, MD
(425) 990-4542
16050 169th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1965

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Dr.Astier Alem
13030 121st Way NE # 102
Kirkland, WA
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Nephrologist
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Tomasz Wietecha, MD
(206) 543-6746
13810 127th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA
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Nephrology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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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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