If you have kidney disease, it is important to manage your phosphorus levels to prevent the harmful complications of high phosphorus, including bone disease and calcifications.

Steps you can take to manage your phosphorus levels include:

  • Take a phosphate binder
    • This is a pill you take with meals
    • Keeps your body from absorbing the phosphorus from foods and drinks
    • Help keep phosphorus from building up in your blood.
  • Limit how much phosphorus you eat and drink each day.
    • Ask your doctor or dietitian how much phosphorus you should have daily.
    • Download our phosphorus food guide for information on amounts of phosphorus in common foods.
  • Take a calcitriol supplement.
    • A supplement that helps your body use the calcium and phosphorus it needs.
  • Exercise and increase your daily activity. The more you do this, the more phosphorus your body gets rid of!
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco.
  • Take your all medicines exactly as your doctor prescribes.
  • Do not skip dialysis treatments!
  • Adjust your treatment plan if needed.
    • Your doctor may suggest changing what you eat or the number and length of dialysis sessions.to rid of extra phosphorus.