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Phosphorus and chronic kidney disease-a challenging issue

Do you know about phosphorus? Phosphorus gets little attention unless you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Even then most people are unaware of their phosphorus level until after they start on dialysis. Research indicates reducing phosphorus even in earlier stages starting at stage 3 is beneficial to cardiovascular and bone health.
Milk is high in phosphorus

Milk is high in phosphorus

Where do you go for information on phosphorus? People on dialysis receive education from their renal dietitian and healthcare team at the dialysis center. Their phosphorus level is checked frequently and phosphorus binders may be prescribed with meals help keep phosphorus levels lower.

Coming soon DaVita is launching a new fun way to learn about phosphorus. It’s called the Phosphorus Challenge and includes online games, polls, quizzes, points and social networking to connect you with others learning about phosphorus. Visit www.davita.com to learn more–soon you can sign up to be notified when the Phosphorus Challenge starts.

Davita.com has some great articles on phosphorus to help you learn more too.

Hidden phosphorus in your diet and how to control it
Phosphorus and chronic kidney disease 
Potassium, phosphorus and the dialysis diet
Phosphorus binders and the dialysis diet
Reading labels to control phosphorus in the dialysis diet 

Keep yourself up to date on phosphorus and how it affects you or others diagnosed with kidney disease. I’ll keep you posted when you can sign up to learn more about the Phosphorus Challenge.

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Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is currently the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.