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Phosphorus Binders for Dialysis Patients


2013-08-26 11:45

Phosphorus Binders for Dialysis PatientsDialysis is a major replacement therapy for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD).However,it only can take a partial kidney function so the patients often experience a host of problems and conditions.Phosphorus binders may be used by dialysis patients.

Why phosphorus binders are used during dialysis?

Phosphorus is an important mineral in our body and one of important substances in forming bones. However, the diseased kidneys fail to remove phosphorus from body and also dialysis can not remove phosphorus from body efficiently. As a result, high levels of phosphorus will build up in body.

One of typical sign of high levels of phosphorus in body is skin itching. It is an annoying condition and can affect the patients’ life quality significantly.

Another condition due to high levels of phosphorus is bone disease. To balance the levels of calcium and phosphorus in blood, more calcium will be pulled out of body. Therefore, the patients on Dialysis are prone to bone disease.

How phosphorus binders used for people on dialysis?

Phosphorus binders should be taken when you have meal or snacks. They can stop the gastrointestinal tract from absorbing phosphorus from foods so the phosphorus will be discharged from body with excrement.

Besides phosphorus binders, the dialysis patients should also cut down foods high in phosphorus.By doing this, it can reduce the accumulation of phosphorus in body.Then what low-phosphorus foods are recommended to patients on dialysis?

*Use substitutes like non-dairy creamers, rice milk or soy milk instead of milk.

*Instead of cheese, use cream cheese or sour cream.

*Instead of chocolate or nuts have jellybeans, fondant, hard candy.

*Instead of processed meats, fish and poultry use fresh or fresh frozen items.

The illness condition varies from individual to individual on dialysis. It is important for you to take a personalized diet.




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