Preventing Kidney Stones

Anyone who has suffered from the excruciating pain of a kidney stone will want to prevent them in the future. Here’s the latest from the experts at Prescriber’s Letter. Stay hydrated with about 90 ounces of liquid per day. Avoid soft drinks as they increase stone risk.

Further prevention strategies are based on the type of stone. About 80 percent of stones are mostly calcium oxalate.

Be sure you get 1,000 to 1,200 mg/day of calcium from food or from supplements with meals. Oral calcium binds oxalate in the gut reducing the amount that gets into the urine. Of course, avoid high-oxalate foods such as almonds, potatoes, and spinach.

Reduce your sodium to no more than 2,300 mg/day. This increases renal reabsorption of sodium and calcium leading to lower urinary calcium.

Finally, avoid vitamin C doses over 1,000 mg per day as high doses of vitamin C increase stone recurrence.

If calcium stones recur despite these measures, don’t worry, there are several other strategies your doctor can suggest.


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