Hyperphosphatemia (say "hy-per-faws-fuh-TEE-mee-uh") is too much phosphorus in your blood. Phosphorus is a mineral that does many things in the body, including helping make bones and teeth strong. But too much phosphorus can lower the amount of calcium in your blood. This makes your body take calcium from your bones, which can make the bones weaker. Your kidneys usually get rid of extra phosphorus through your urine. But if you have chronic kidney disease, your body cannot remove extra phosphorus.
You can treat this problem by eating foods that have little or no phosphorus. You also can take medicine that keeps your body from absorbing phosphorus. It can be hard to know what to eat, because many foods have phosphorus. A dietitian can help you plan a well-balanced diet.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 8, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
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