Kidney Stones Prevention Weirton WV

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.

Laura D Alvez
(304) 748-7410
3209 West St
Weirton, WV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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Diosdado A Garcia, MD
(740) 283-7787
1 Ross Park Blvd
Steubenville, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1962

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Jorge Alberto Fragola, MD
(412) 766-3232
325 W 6th St
East Liverpool, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Nac De Rosario, Fac De Med, Rosario-Sf, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1974

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John Peter Jancarik, MD
325 W 6th St
East Liverpool, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1999

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James E Mc Cann, DO
(412) 572-6129
2400 Hospital Dr
Aliquippa, PA
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1976

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Jose Francisco Bernardo, MD
(412) 647-7157
200 Luray Dr
Steubenville, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1984

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Laura D Alvez, MD
(304) 748-7410
2700 Sunset Blvd
Steubenville, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Female
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Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr -East, Steubenville, Oh

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Yaw Arabio Boateng, MD
(412) 766-3232
325 W 6th St
East Liverpool, OH
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Medical School: Univ Of Science And Tech, Sch Of Med, Kumasi, Ghana
Graduation Year: 1983

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Ayodele Erinle, MD, MBBS
3229 Estate Dr
Oakdale, PA
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Nephrology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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(205) 987-1581
306 Stanaford Rd
Beckley, WV
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Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Male
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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