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what are the causes of frequent kidney stone?

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Dr. John Tillett
Urology 22 years experience
Yes: There can be a myriad of reasons a person produces kidney stones. Dietary factors and hydration play a role, but in most case, there is some metabolic predisposition. Having a family member who had kidney stones increases one's risk of having stones as well. A work-up to determine the cause of stones is warranted if you have had more than one episode. See your urologist.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can I guess my kidney health based on the color, smell, or quality of my urine?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Usually no: Healthy urine has little smell and should be clear to light yellow. Dehydration, vitamins and certain foods can temporarily change the color or smell of urine. Certain liver diseases and rare metabolic conditions like maple syrup urine disease can cause dramatic changes in the smell of urine. If you notice a change that does not resolve on its own you should check with your doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can diabetes damage the kidneys?

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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
High glucose: Diabetes hurts the blood vessels due to by products of high glucose. The first vessels to get affected are micro vessels. All organs in body have micro vessels. The organs that rely on micro vessels for function are kidneys, eyes, heart, nerves. This is why these organs are hurt by by diabetes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have diabetes. How do I know if my kidneys are affected?

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Family Medicine 7 years experience
Urine test: Kidney disease generally progresses over several years without any symptoms. Your doctor should be able to measure the levels of a protein called Albumin in your urine. Albumin levels should be monitored yearly in diabetic patients to monitor kidney function.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
AT first diabetic kidney disease is very slow. Starts with microalbumin, tiny amounts of a protein called albumin in the urine. Then there is more protein, and eventually the creatinine in the blood rises. It progresses rapidly after the creatinine rises so important to keep blood sugar and blood pressure under as good a control as possible. It prevents or later stages slows down kidney disease
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why is smoking bad for the kidneys?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Smoking and Kidneys: Smoking is bad for everything. In regards to the kidney, smoking increases the formation of atherosclerotic plaque which builds up in the blood vessels and cause a blockage of blood flow. When the kidneys dont receive enough blood flow, they do not function normally and start to fail.
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A 40-year-old male asked:

What. Is lowest kidney function can get before dialysis is required?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
GFR 10: This differs for everyone but in a relatively narrow range. Some patients with cardiac disease benefit from dialysis at higher GFR (low creatinine), african americans seem to tolerate higher creatinine without symptoms. In general convert the creatinine to egfr (online calculator) and expect dialysis at egfr less than 15 ml/min.

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