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Calcium Supplements Increase Risk Of Kidney Stone Formation

October 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
After reviewing urine collections and CT scans of 1,486 kidney stone patients, U.S.  researchers concluded that calcium supplements – but not foods rich in calcium – increase the risk of a recurrence of stones. Patients who took calcium supplements had lower levels of the components of kidney stones in their urine. However, they also had a faster rate of kidney stone growth. Vitamin D supplements, however, may help prevent stone formation.
"Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence", News release, study to be presented at ASN Kidney Week, October 30, 2015, © American Society of Nephrology
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