Kidney Stones Prevention Saint Peters MO

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.

Tricia V Pavlopoulos, MD
(314) 362-5000
4800 Mexico Rd Ste
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1994

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Henrikas Irmantas Juknis
(636) 928-0123
6 Jungermann Cir
Saint Peters, MO
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Shelia Kay Lemley, MD
(636) 946-7838
1101 Highway K
O Fallon, MO
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Female
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1982

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Piotr T Dyk
(636) 946-4006
330 1st Capitol Dr
Saint Charles, MO
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Felicia Renae Bentley, MD
Saint Louis, MO
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1997
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Hospital: Jersey Comm Hosp, Jerseyville, Il

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Henrikas Juknis, MD
(636) 970-0249
6 Jungermann Cir Ste 215
Saint Peters, MO
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Nephrology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard Scurlock Muther, MD
(636) 946-7838
1551 Wall St
Saint Charles, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1975

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Piotr Tadeusz Dyk, MD
(636) 946-4006
200 Medical Plz
Lake Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Nephrology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Ul M Curie, Gdansk, Poland
Graduation Year: 1979

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Steven Joseph Bander, MD
(314) 577-8765
222 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1979

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Thomas Ralph Pohlman, MD
(314) 205-6600
222 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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