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Managing your risk of recurrent kidney stones

High sodium and hypertension can increase probability By David Dunaief, M.D. Kidney stones, or nephrolithiasis, can be asymptomatic (no symptoms at all) or may present with the classic symptoms of blood in the urine and colicky pain. Pain can be intermittent or...

Lower sodium to protect your kidneys

High sodium’s impact extends beyond hypertension By David Dunaief, M.D. By now, most of us have been hit over the head with the fact that too much salt in our diets is unhealthy. Still, we respond with “I don’t use salt,” “I use very little,” or “I don’t have high...

Tipping the sodium to potassium balance

High sodium: potassium ratio increases cardiovascular risk By David Dunaief, M.D. We need sodium in our diets in modest amounts; however, many Americans overconsume it. Meanwhile, potassium, which we also need, is underconsumed. More than 90 percent of people consume...

Salt: Too much or too little? Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series on salt. Last week, we discussed the potential negative effects of high sodium levels and low sodium levels, or the extremes. As I mentioned in last week’s article, the “extremes” of greater than 6,000 mg and less than...

Salt: Too much or too little? Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series on salt. Salt, or sodium, is one of the most pervasive essential nutrients in our diet. While we need exogenous (external) salt, the debate on the amount we need continues. Are we getting too much or too little? A recently...