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People with severe kidney disease must avoid excessive phosphorus. Based primarily on animal studies, some authorities have suggested that excess intake of phosphate is hazardous to normal calcium and bone metabolism,6 but this idea has been challenged.7 Phosphoric acid–containing soft drinks have been implicated in elevated kidney stone risk,8, 9 but not all studies have found this relationship.10
Ingestion of excessive amounts of aluminum-containing antacids (such as Di-Gel®, Riopan®, Maalox®, or Mylanta®) can cause phosphorus deficiency.
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