Even High-Normal Phosphorus Levels May Be Bad News For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients




Although many Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those conducting Dialysis, aim for their phosphorus to fall between the range of 2.6 and 5.5, recent findings suggest that even normal serum phosphorus levels on the high side of the range may be hazardous. The fundamental reason appears to be that higher levels of phosphorus may trigger a pathogen (a bacteria, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease) called, Calciprotein Particles, which are small particles composed of calcium-phosphate crystals and  contribute to Cardiovascular (Heart-related) complications such as Heart Attacks and Strokes -- which are the leading causes of death in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community.

The health benefits of phosphorus are plenty and include: Helping to  maintain strong bones, detoxing the body,  improving metabolism and nutrition, balancing the body's pH Levels (to survive our bodies must maintain pH very close to 7.4), improving digestion, bolstering energy levels, helping to maintain dental health, and strengthening cognitive (mental) function. However, when it comes to phosphorus and Chronic Kidney Disease, more is not always better. 

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Elevated levels of phosphorus is a "silent disease" according to Fresenius Medical Care Inc. More specifically, high phosphorus can lead to: Itching, brittle bones, painful sores that may not heal, calcification (veins and arteries that are stiff), Heart Attack, Stroke, and an overall higher risk of illness and hospitalization. Most importantly, high phosphorus can kill Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, suggested Fresenius Medical Care Inc.

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While phosphorus levels great than 5.5 are a serious problem. These findings suggest that phosphorus that is on the higher end may also put patients at risk. Hence, try to keep your eye on your phosphorus levels once you are able to review your monthly lab results. Do not wait for them to go over 5.5 to take action. If you notice that your phosphorus appears to be creeping up to high levels, then try to incorporate lower phosphorus food alternatives into your diet such as the following:

  • Bagel (cinnamon raisin, blueberry, plain, onion)
  • Sourdough bread
  • Couscous
  • Plain white rice
  • Almond milk
  • Sherbet
  • Sour cream
  • Egg whites (pasteurized)
  • Apple (1 medium)
  • Applesauce (1/2 cup)
  • Baby carrots (9 pieces)
  • Blueberries (1/2 cup)
  • Celery (1 stalk)
  • Cherries (1/2 cup)
  • Fig bar (2 bars)
  • Fruit candies, hard, chews or gummy
  • Fruit cocktail (1/2 cup)
  • Blue cheese (1 ounce)
  • Cottage cheese (1/4 cup)
  • Cream cheese (2 tablespoons)
  • Feta cheese (1 ounce)
  • Shrimp
  • Snow crab
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Beef, pot roast
  • Beef, sirloin steak
  • Chicken breast, skinless
  • Chicken thigh, skinless
  • Hamburger patty, 90 percent lean
  • Lamb chop
  • Pork chop

Also, Chronic Kidney Disease patients should be sure to take their phosphate binders as prescribed. If your elevated phosphorus levels persist then consider discussing the issue with your Nephrologist who may provide specific insights given your unique background.

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