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Hypophosphatemia (Low Phosphate Blood Level)

Testing Thigh Strength. Courtesy Charlie Goldberg, M.D., UCSD School of Medicine [5]

Testing Thigh Strength. Courtesy Charlie Goldberg, M.D., UCSD School of Medicine

What Is Hypophosphatemia?

Hypophosphatemia means the level of phosphates in the bloodstream is too low to meet metabolic needs of the body for this mineral.

Q: How important is phosphorus [6] in metabolism?

A: Phosphorus [6] is crucial to  life, being present in every cell of the body and constitutes 45% of skeletal bone weight along with 40% calcium [7] needed to support the body as a framework.

A low blood phosphate level is characterized by alterations in blood acid-alkaline balance and serious neuromuscular, hematologic, renal, skeletal, and dental abnormalities.

Symptoms result primarily from decreased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main energy source in cells, and phosphocreatine, a secondary energy source for muscle contraction.

What Is Hypophosphatemia In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Takeda E, Ikeda S, Nakahashi O. Lack of phosphorus [6] intake and nutrition. Clin Calcium [7]. 2012 Oct;22(10):1487-91.  [11]