Can kidney stones be caused by a diet or taking too many vitamins?
I am currently on a low carb / low calorie diet, and to make up for a possible loss in nutrition I have been taking vitamins every day. I have also been working out a lot and have lost 70-75 lbs in the past 4 months. I recently went through the most painful experience in my life, passing a kidney stone. The doctor said kidney stones can just happen and most likely wasn’t something that I did myself that caused it, however I can’t help but wonder if it had to do with my diet. Or since kidney stones are made up of an excess build up of calcium in your kidneys, maybe it is because I have been taking vitamins every day. I am almost 25 years old. The vitamins I am taking are GNC Mega Men. Is it possible that the kidney stone was cause by my diet, weight loss, or taking vitamins? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Yes and yes. Did you see a nephrologist (kidney doctor) about your stone? There are different types of stones and they can analyze the stone that you passed for its chemical content. They can also collect 24 hour urine and investigate the concentration/amount of various things in the urine that may make you prone to one type of stones or another (calcium, citrate, oxalate, urate, etc.) A general dietary advice would be to go low-sodium, high fluid, but in the end it really depends on the type of stones and urine chemistries. Go see a stone specialist.
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