20 Tips for Maintaining Phosphorus Levels
If you have Chronic Kidney Disease, your blood phosphates levels tend to increase. High levels of phosphorus can weaken your bones and damage your blood vessels. Hence, keeping phosphorus levels normal is important. Follow these 20 Practical Tips to control your blood Phosphorus in consultation with your physician.

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Three Key approaches to regulate phosphorus levels are: DIET, DRUGS, and DIALYSIS

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Keep a daily record of your food, fluid, and drug intake.

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Foods rich in phosphorus such as meats, certain cereals, nuts, and dried beans should be consumed in a controlled manner.

4.

Eat high protein foods such as eggs, meats, poultry, and fish in the amounts recommended by your doctor or dietician.

5.

Dairy foods including milk, cheese, ice creams, and yoghurt are rich in phosphorus; restrict the intake of these items.

6.

Consider replacing your normal dairy milk with soya milk which is lower in phosphorus.

7.

Avoid foods rich in cheese such as burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas.

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Prefer rice, corn meals, and bran-free wheat over whole-wheat, oats, and bran. For example opt for white bread instead of brown bread.

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Unsalted popcorns should be preferred over nuts.

10.

Choose jelly-based desserts instead of milk- based custards and puddings

11.

Avoid ice-creams and chocolates as they are rich in phosphorus; you may, however, take the occasional ice candy.

12.

Instead of cola drinks, you may consume plain soda, 7-up, sprite etc.

13.

Instead of peanut butter, use jam, honey, margarine or butter.

14.

Drugs that remove phosphorus from your food, called phosphate- binders, are used frequently to help regulate phosphorus levels.

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If you have been prescribed phosphate-binders, keep them at the dinning table or at the place where you eat.

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Take phosphate-binder tablets along with your meals or as advised by your doctor.

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If you work, keep your medication at your work place or remember to carry them to your work.

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Monitor your blood phosphorus levels as frequently as advised by your doctor.

19.

Keep a regular exercise routine as it improves your physical fitness and bone strength.

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A regular dialysis and follow-up with your doctor will help you stay healthy
   
 
 

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