Low Phosphate Diets in Patients With Early Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

2014-08-27 03:39:59 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to learn more about how the kidneys control the blood levels of phosphorus in patients with early chronic kidney disease. The ultimate goal is to use this information to design improved treatment strategies for phosphorus-related problems for the millions of patients with chronic kidney disease.


Phosphorus is a mineral found in dairy products, nuts, and meat that is essential for bone health and many other important functions inside the body's cells. The kidneys are responsible for keeping the blood levels of phosphorus normal. Healthy kidneys do this by spilling excess phosphorus into the urine. In patients with chronic kidney disease, the kidneys are unable to spill an adequate amount of phosphorus so that excess phosphorus can accumulate in the walls of blood vessels leading to heart disease, their leading cause of death. A recently discovered hormone called FGF-23 helps control the blood levels of phosphorus by "telling" the kidney how much phosphorus to spill in the urine. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how FGF-23 helps the kidneys control the blood levels of phosphorus. The ultimate goal is to use this information to design improved treatment strategies for phosphorus-related problems for the millions of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Chronic Kidney Disease


Lanthanum Carbonate, Low Phosphorus Diet


Massachusetts General Hospital
United States




Massachusetts General Hospital

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:39:59-0400

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