Phosphate Binders 101

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Phosphate Binders 101 Mindy McCullough, MS, RD, LDN -- Phosphate binders (also called phosphorus binders) are often a necessity for people with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) on dialysis and sometimes are required for those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) pre-dialysis.  Phosphate binders are taken with meals to stop the body from absorbing some of the phosphorus in your food. Phosphate binders are taken about 5-10 minutes before you eat a meal or snack.  Some people prefer to take them immediately after eating, which is also effective.  Phosphate binders work by binding phosphorus from foods in the stomach and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  The phosphorus is then passed through the stool out of the body.  Phosphorus binders do not bind all the phosphorus from foods.  It has been estimated that…
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