|POTASSIUM CITRATE REDUCES KIDNEY STONES|
"Impact of Long-Term Potassium Citrate Therapy on Urinary Profiles and Recurrent Stone Formation," Robinson MR, Leitao VA, et al, J Urol, 2009 Jan 17
This retrospective study involved 503 patients being treated in a Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center. Potassium citrate therapy was found to significantly reduce the rate of kidney stone formation, from 1.89 stones per year to 0.46 stones per year. A 93% decrease in stone formation rate and a 68% remission rate were found. Meaning that almost all experienced a reduction in kidney stone formation more than two thirds had their kidney stones disappear.
After just six months of treatment with potassium citrate, increases in urinary pH (from 5.90 to 6.46) and urinary citrate (470 to 700 mg/d) were found. The authors concluded that potassium citrate therapy sustained positive change for as long as 14 years of treatment.
This is particularly important for those who have recurrent kidney stone problems.
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