The Role of Phosphorus in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Phosphorus is your body’s second-most abundant mineral. Some of its many functions include:
Healthy kidneys, with the help of multiple hormones, work to maintain a certain level of phosphorus in the blood. Normally, kidneys excrete excess phosphorus. In CKD, however, phosphorus can accumulate to unhealthy levels in the blood (hyperphosphatemia) and bind with calcium to create calcium deposits outside the bones. In turn, this imbalance can lead to a variety of mineral metabolism disorders.1
Naturally occurring in foods, phosphorus can be especially high in protein-rich foods.1 Consuming low-phosphorus food choices, such as those listed below, and Nepro®, can help you manage your intake of this important mineral.
Poor phosphorus choices
Good phosphorus choices
When phosphorus levels are too high, certain medications and nutritional supplements may be needed to help restore balance. The following tips may help you as you learn to manage your phosphorus intake:
1. Phosphorus and Your CKD Diet. National Kidney Foundation website. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/-phosphorus. Accessed May 15, 2018.
2. Wilkens, K. How to Be a Phosphorus Detective. National Kidney Foundation website. https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/how-to-be-a-phosphorus-detective. Accessed May 15, 2018.
3. National Kidney Foundation website. https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/02-10-0411_ABB_Phosphorus.pdf. Accessed May 15, 2018.
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