Calcium And Kidneys: Finding a Balance For CKD Patients

Calcium And Kidneys: Finding a Balance For CKD Patients

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
  Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Calcium And Kidneys The kidneys provide many functions essential to human life, such as maintaining healthy bones by balancing calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood (and ensuring that vitamin D is activated to help absorb that calcium). Individuals with kidney disease have a reduced ability to regulate that delicate balance. If blood calcium levels drop too low, calcium is taken from bones to restore levels.  This can lead to renal osteodystrophy, a bone disease. Alternatively, if blood calcium levels go too high, calcium deposits can develop, leading to heart disease. In a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, people with moderate to advanced kidney disease (not yet on dialysis) with abnormally high or low blood calcium…
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