Nutritional Management of Calcium Stones

  • Donna E. GjesvoldEmail author
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Calcium-containing stones are the most common type of kidney stones. The historic record documents attempts at dietary intervention for millennia. The prevalence of stone disease is increasing, and diet is often a contributing factor. Nutrition therapy for risk modification is promising, but there are many research gaps due to the complexities of conducting high-quality clinical trials. The American Urological Association (AUA) published guideline statements based on graded evidence and expert opinion in 2014 for medical management of kidney stones, and these statements provide a framework for nutrition therapy. Medical and nutrition therapies provide separate yet synergistic benefit, and a coordinated approach best supports the patient for effective treatment of calcium stone disease and is valuable for preventing recurrence.


Citrate Hypercalciuria Hyperoxaluria Hypocitraturia Microbiome Nephrolithiasis Oxalate Potential renal acid load Supersaturation Calcium phosphate stones Uric acid 



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


American Urological Association


Computed tomography


Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension


National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey


Potential renal acid load


Parathyroid hormone


Randomized controlled trial


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hennepin Healthcare Kidney CenterMinneapolisUSA

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