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Old 11-07-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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Low Vitamin D reading and kidney stones???

I am wondering if anyone might understand the relationship, or assumed relationship, between a very low Vit. D blood serum reading (13) and the development of kidney stones? I have had 6 calcium stones in the past three years (2 passed, 2 litho'd, two still in place) I know that Vit D is crucial for calcium absorption, could it be that with the low D the calcium was not being absorbed but rather deposited in the kidney? I also just found out I am allergic to cows milk and have suspended all dairy. My doc now has me on 3000 IU of Vit D a day now...
I am just confused about how all this might affect the dev. of stones..or not? Any clues???

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Old 11-07-2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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Re: Low Vitamin D reading and kidney stones???

Calcium in and of itself actually stops stones from forming. It is the antioxidants (or oxolate) that binds with calcium to form stones. Vitamin D comes mostly from dairy products so if you decreased your calcium intake, your D would be depleted.

Old 11-07-2007, 12:17 PM   #3
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Re: Low Vitamin D reading and kidney stones???

I also have a low vit D level, and was put on 50,000 IU of vit D a week (take it at the beginning of each week). I also make kidney stones (calcium oxalate) like it is my job. I don't really know of any relationship between the two. My doctor at Mayo didn't mention a relationship. Hope you can get to the bottom of it!!

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