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Bone Disease

Kidney patients often get bone disease because the body's calcium and phosphorus are not in balance. When the phosphorus level is too high, the calcium level may be too low. When this happens, your body pulls calcium out of your bones, causing your bones to become weak.

To keep your phosphorus level normal, you may need to limit the amount of phosphorus that you eat. Some foods high in phosphorus are dairy products, meats, nuts, whole grain breads and cereals, and some soft drinks (colas). Also, you may need to take medicine (called phosphate binders) that bind with phosphorus to lower its absorption in your body. Some types of phosphate binders must be taken during the meal and others must be taken immediately after you finish a meal. It is important to take the phosphate binder exactly as your dietitian or doctor tells you.

Bone problems are easier to prevent than to cure. Take time to learn about your diet and keep your calcium and phosphorus at acceptable levels. Know your blood levels and take all of your medications according to the doctor's order. By learning about these aspects of your treatment, you can make good choices and help prevent bone disease.

To learn more about hemodialysis treatment method:

Bone Disease in Chronic Kidney Failure
http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozItem.cfm?id=49

 

Last updated on: February 22, 2008