Is It Necessary to Supplement Calcium with Kidney Disease

Is It Necessary to Supplement Calcium with Kidney DiseaseIn daily life, both children and the elderly need to supplement calcium to ensure bone growth and avoid osteoporosis. Is it necessary to supplement calcium with kidney disease?

Do all kidney patients need to supplement calcium?

Not all kidney patients need calcium supplementation. If the kidney patient has some uncomfortable symptoms, such as joint pain, backache and leg pain, cramps and other symptoms, trace element test should be done to determine whether there is calcium deficiency.

Generally, two types of patients are prone to calcium deficiency: patients taking steroids and patients with renal insufficiency.

The patients taking steroids are mainly those with Nephrotic Syndrome characterized by massive proteinuria, hypoproteinemia and hyperlipidemia. Because long-term use of steroids leads to calcium loss, calcium deficiency is prone to occur. Patients with renal insufficiency, Kidney Failure and uremia begin to have electrolyte disorders, often manifested as low calcium and high phosphorus, which leads to the decrease of blood calcium and the increase of blood phosphorus so as to increase the risk of renal osteopathy. In severe case, it can affect normal walking. In order to regulate the imbalance, calcium supplementation is needed.

If calcium deficiency is found, how to supplement calcium is the best for renal function?

Calcium supplement can be divided into two categories: medicinal supplement and dietary supplement. Kidney patients can choose according to their own conditions:

Medicinal supplement

For example, the commonly used active vitamin D, including alfacalcitol and calcitriol, can not only supplement calcium, but also have the function of reducing proteinuria and delaying renal function; calcium carbonate is also a calcium supplement; in addition, you can also take calcium and phosphorus binder, neutralize calcium and phosphorus elements in the body, and it is better to take it with meals to absorb better.

Dietary supplement

There are also some calcium-rich foods in daily life, such as milk, eggs, soy products and seafood, but the high phosphorus content of seafood should be paid attention to. To promote calcium absorption, kidney patients should pay attention to reducing salt intake and having more sunshine.

Health care products are not recommended for calcium supplement

In order to supplement calcium as soon as possible, some kidney patients will eat more health care products with the function of "supplementing calcium" in addition to medicine and food, but in fact, they are not recommended to take health care products. On the one hand, the effect of calcium supplementation of health care products is limited. On the other hand, health care products also contain some other components that are harmful to the kidney, aggravating the burden of kidney metabolism, so it is better not to eat them. Moreover, some kidney patients take health care tasting without consulting the doctor, so they are not aware of the contraindication and take large quantities, which has greater risk.

Rational supplementation of calcium is conducive to avoiding the occurrence of osteopathy and regulating the balance of electrolytes, which is conducive to delaying the progress of renal function. If you do not know whether you lack calcium, you can do the corresponding examination. For more information on kidney disease, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.


***Please seek professional medical advise for the diagnosis or treatment of any ailment, disease or medical condition. This article is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical professional.***

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