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How does phosphorus affect people with chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), your kidneys cannot remove phosphorus very well. (Normal working kidneys can remove any extra phosphorus from your blood.)

Phosphorus is a mineral found in your bones. Along with calcium, phosphorus is needed for building healthy strong bones and keeping other parts of your body healthy. High phosphorus levels can cause damage to your body. Extra phosphorus makes your bones weak. High phosphorus and calcium levels also lead to dangerous calcium deposits in your blood vessels, lungs, eyes, and heart. Phosphorus and calcium control are very important for your overall health.

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