Calcium, potassium citrate supplements can check risk of kidney stones

Healthy postmenopausal women taking calcium citrate supplements are not at an increased risk for developing kidney stones, say researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Adding a potassium citrate supplement provides even more protection, they say.

“Postmenopausal women who need calcium to prevent bone loss but are at risk of or afraid of forming kidney stones might take both calcium supplements and potassium citrate,” says Dr. Khashayar Sakhaee, chief of mineral metabolism at UT Southwestern. “When you give both together, the combination provides additional protection against both calcium oxalate and uric acid stones.”

To learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services for kidneys, visit www.utsouthwestern.org/kidneys.

Media Contact: Robin Russell

March is National Kidney Month. World Kidney Day is March 10.

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