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Grammy G 05-04-2013 08:55 AM

Kidney stones and gout from low carbing?
 
I wondered if anyone has ended up with gout or kidney stones from low carbing? I've ended up with both in the last few months and right now I'm having pain on my lower right side radiating to the front which feels like my kidneys are having problems again.

Has anyone had this problem?

Dirty Harriet 05-11-2013 09:13 PM

Hi Grammy....I've always wondered if a low carb diet puts one at higher risk! I think it would be wise to have your MD to refer you to a dietitian, who could make some recommended changes so you can still eat high protein. Most dietitians are still stuck on the regular high carb diet....maybe you can call a bariatric surgeon's office to inquire about if they can recommend an R.D. Who specializes in low carb lifestyle. Of course, one has to drink plenty of water to flush out the by-products of protein breakdown.

Lokarbiebarbie 05-21-2013 03:55 AM

Keep track of just 'how much' protein you are eating. Atkins, and most other lowcarb diets are NOT 'high protein' they are high fat diets. My protein is around 65 to 75 grams a day but my fat is much higher. Watch for eating purine foods, they increase gout, and get plenty of water.

dreeza 06-08-2013 08:47 AM

I have been low carbing for about 8 years. The last time I had bloodwork done my kidney function was rated no. 1 ( comparable to a newborn) - no. 5 rate indicates need for dialysis.
I'm a lot older than most of you, so I think it's a matter of genes.

Grammy G 06-08-2013 10:02 AM

I found out what caused the kidney stones. I had a 'gout like arthritis' reaction to the tree nuts. I was eating a lot of almond flour along with other nuts. I've had problems with dairy causing joint pain for years but didn't know I had a problem with nuts. The 'crystals' that lodged in my joints most likely caused the small stones, too. Problem solved.. hopefully! :-) Boy do I miss the nuts and dairy though. Hard to do LC'ing without dairy.

trvlpk 07-26-2013 08:01 AM

I was wondering if I could throw in a couple questions and see what kind of input I can get from you that are maybe a bit more experienced then I. I am a compulsive overeater/ carb-sugar addict that has finally come to terms with needing to cut these foods from my food plan. I have tried atkins/south beach/WW as weight loss plans before and have a little bit of success but my compulsive qualities get in the way. I have a strong family history of kidney stones and in Feb I had a CT scan for another issue and they found a tiny kidney stone but told me right now its not a concern. I am a bit afraid the low carb way of eating but if I am to get away from my carb/sugar addiction and using of food in general I believe that it is going to have to be the way to go. I have tried our local nutritionist/RD in the past but they are very stuck in the "traditional" food plans. Right now our insurance sucks so trying to find someone to fit my insurance plan AND be helpful is a difficult thing to do. I have also done the wrong thing of trying to do internet researching on my own. :-S Does anyone have any input on this? I welcome any experiences/feed back you have as I am struggling right now with making a food plan decision. Thanks in advance.

pulchritudinous_j 08-15-2013 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by trvlpk (Post 16531948)
I was wondering if I could throw in a couple questions and see what kind of input I can get from you that are maybe a bit more experienced then I. I am a compulsive overeater/ carb-sugar addict that has finally come to terms with needing to cut these foods from my food plan. I have tried atkins/south beach/WW as weight loss plans before and have a little bit of success but my compulsive qualities get in the way. I have a strong family history of kidney stones and in Feb I had a CT scan for another issue and they found a tiny kidney stone but told me right now its not a concern. I am a bit afraid the low carb way of eating but if I am to get away from my carb/sugar addiction and using of food in general I believe that it is going to have to be the way to go. I have tried our local nutritionist/RD in the past but they are very stuck in the "traditional" food plans. Right now our insurance sucks so trying to find someone to fit my insurance plan AND be helpful is a difficult thing to do. I have also done the wrong thing of trying to do internet researching on my own. :-S Does anyone have any input on this? I welcome any experiences/feed back you have as I am struggling right now with making a food plan decision. Thanks in advance.


A low carb lifestyle shouldn't put one at a greater risk of kidney stones. Genetics play a HUGE factor. Once you find out what kind of stones you form, dietary changes will have to be made to lower the risk of forming again. From what I remember, calcium oxalate stones are the most common (and an LC diet won't encourage them to form). If you happen to form purine stones, the LC diet would become a problem. Regardless, keeping REALLY hydrated is one of the keys to avoid forming stones. The more water you drink, the harder it is for the sediment that causes stones to stick together.

Good luck!


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