Managing your phosphorus is one of many things your doctor might talk about when you are diagnosed with kidney disease.

Here are some questions you can bring with you to your appointment to ask your nephrologist:

  • Do I need to worry about my phosphorus level at my stage of kidney disease?
  • What should my phosphorus levels be?
  • How often should I have my phosphorus blood levels checked?
  • When should I start thinking about limiting the phosphorus in my diet?
  • Should I take phosphate binders?
  • Are there different types of phosphate binders?
  • Which binder should I take?
  • When do I need to take my phosphate binders? Before I eat a meal, after, or during?
  • How often do I need to take phosphate binders?
  • How many phosphate binders should I take?
  • Would you recommend any other medicines?
  • Can exercise help lower my phosphorus?
  • Will dialysis remove any phosphorus?
  • What happens if my phosphorus is not controlled? What symptoms should I look out for?