High Phosphorus Diet
What is phosphorus?
Phosphorus is a mineral found in many
foods. It is used by every cell in the body.
Phosphorus plays important roles in many
body functions including:
ξ Storage and use of energy by the
ξ Growth, maintenance, and repair of
tissues and cells
Why do I need to know about it in
Many conditions can cause low phosphorus
ξ Low vitamin D levels
ξ Medicines which keep the body from
absorbing phosphorus or cause the
body to get rid of phosphorus
ξ Water pills
ξ Problems with parathyroid glands
ξ Poor nutritional intake/malnutrition
ξ Vomiting or diarrhea
ξ Excessive alcohol intake or alcohol
ξ In addition, kidney transplant
patients often have levels of
phosphorus which are too low
Some signs of low blood phosphorus
ξ Difficulty breathing
How can I increase my phosphorus
Phosphorus supplements can be ordered to
help increase low blood levels of
phosphorus. Eating foods that contain higher
amounts of phosphorus can also help
increase blood phosphorus levels.
Foods Higher in Phosphorus
Meats and Protein Foods Beef, pork, fish (pollock, walleye, swordfish,
cod, halibut, salmon, tuna), shrimp, chicken or
Milk and Dairy Products White and chocolate milk, cheese, yogurt, ice
cream, custard, pudding, cream soup, cheese
and milk casseroles, some brands of soy milk,
and eggnog, ricotta or cottage cheese
Beans/Legumes Navy, kidney, pinto, or lima beans, soybeans,
lentils, black-eyed peas, and hummus
Grains Bran, bran products, wheat germ, oatmeal,
Nuts and Seeds Nuts (including soybean nuts), peanut butter,
nut butters, sunflower and pumpkin, seeds
Other Chocolate, caramel, molasses, hot cocoa,
baked potato with skin, waffle or pancake,
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phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.
Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.
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