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Can High-Protein Diets Cause Kidney Stones?

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 03:43 PM

Question: I recently switched to a high-protein, low-carb diet and have lost some weight. But I’ve heard too much protein can cause kidney stones (I’ve had one, and don’t want another). What do you recommend?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Protein is comprised of amino acids, which are absorbed only after the protein is broken down in the guy.

Excess sources of animal protein— such as red meat, turkey, and other foods — may cause elevations in uric acid in some people and that can increase the risk of uric acid stones.
Kidney stones are often caused by excess oxalates, phosphates, sodium, and calcium from various foods.

Many stones are genetically inherited, but may be induced by excess vitamin C or the use of stone-forming foods, including chocolate, colas, tea, rhubarb, and spinach.

Your best bet is to enjoy a varied diet, but consider being selective with some of your foods and continue with your apparently successful weight management plan.

Be sure to stay hydrated, and you will likely avoid recurring kidney stones.

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The best way to avoid kidneys stones is to stay hydrated and consume certain foods in only moderate amounts.
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