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Do you have high phosphorus levels and wondering why this could be? It’s time to investigate it. Phosphorus is the second most common mineral in the body after calcium and is needed for good health. However, people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have difficulty eliminating extra phosphorus from their bodies. For this reason, it is important to know how to lower high phosphorus levels.
If your phosphorus level is higher than 5.5 mg/dL, some detective work is needed to uncover the cause. It’s likely that you’re eating high-phosphorus foods regularly. To know what is high in phosphorus, let’s clue you in on the likely offenders:
Are you using enough phosphate binders and taking them the best way possible? Try these tips to see if they help.
The right amount of phosphorus helps the body to function as it should. But too much phosphorus can cause problems, making it bad news for your kidney health. If you find that you have high phosphorus levels, try following some of the above tips to bring it under control. Once your phosphorus level goes below 5.5 mg/dL on a regular basis, your dietitian may be able to help you safely include an occasional high-phosphorus food into your kidney diet. A little investigative work into why you’re levels of phosphorus is high can help you solve the case.
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