Publication date:November 2017

Layman’s summary: The efforts to reduce high levels of phosphorus and potassium in dialysis patients adversly affects the good microbial bacteria in the GI tract.
Published in: Journal of Renal Nutrition
Lead author: Wei Ling Lau
Assistant Professor
University of California Irvine

Abstract: Chronic kidney disease results in disruption of the intestinal epithelial barrier as well as profound changes in the gut microbial flora. These events are largely mediated by (1) heavy influx of circulating urea to the gut lumen and (2) dietary restrictions of foods containing high fiber (such as fruits and vegetable) and symbiotic organisms (such as yogurt and cheese) imposed to mitigate hyperkalemia and hyperphosphatemia

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