December 16, 2010
“CUTTING DIETARY PHOSPHATE DOESN’T SAVE DIALYSIS PATIENTS’ LIVES” is the latest headline in nephrology news. So does that mean the struggles to control your phosphorus are no longer important?
The study titled “The Association between Prescribed Dietary Phosphate Restriction and Mortality among Hemodialysis Patients” by Lynch, et al is in the online December 2010 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. According to the findings, ‘Dietary phosphate prescription was not associated with improved survival in hemodialysis patients and in some subgroups there may be greater mortality.’ In other words, having a lower phosphorus diet prescription does not necessarily mean hemodialysis patients live longer. The range of blood phosphorus values was similar for all the diet groups (3.8-7.9 mg/dL). Of note, analysis of subgroups with greater survival reveals that participants with phosphorus below 5.5 mg/dL still had a survival advantage.
Finding of the study include: Read more…