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Dietary Calcium Restriction may be Good for Patients’ Stones — but not for Their Bones

  • C. Velentzas
  • D. G. Oreopoulos
  • S. Meema
  • H. E. Meema
  • T. Nutsuga
  • E. Alison
  • A. Katirtzoglou
  • P. Crassweller


The conservative management of patients with renal stone disease consists of an increased fluid intake and a low calcium diet1,2. The former was originally proposed by Hippocrates3 and is now accepted as the cornerstone of the treatment of renal stone disease. However, the importance of restricting dietary calcium in the prevention of kidney stones is controversial. A decrease in calcium intake may theoretically increase oxalate absorption from the gut4,5,6, and may also affect the bones of the patients. This may be of particular importance in view of recent observations that the bone mineral content of untreated patients with renal stone disease is lower than that of normal controls7,8,9.


Bone Mineral Content Calcium Intake Calcium Stone Uric Acid Stone Stone Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Velentzas
    • 1
  • D. G. Oreopoulos
    • 1
  • S. Meema
    • 1
  • H. E. Meema
    • 1
  • T. Nutsuga
    • 1
  • E. Alison
    • 1
  • A. Katirtzoglou
    • 1
  • P. Crassweller
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Medicine, Radiology, Dietetics and UrologyThe Toronto Western Hospital and University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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