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Magnesium deficiency

Magnesium Deficiency: Assessment and Management for Better Kidney Health

In part one of this article, “Magnesium and Kidneys,” I discussed the increased prevalence of magnesium deficiency and addressed the question: “Can magnesium help kidney function?” Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is essential for many biological functions. As I discussed in part one, magnesium is also crucial for kidney…

Zinc molecules surrounding kidneys

Zinc and Kidney Disease, Exploring the Links

Zinc has been studied for years for its implications in kidney disease. In fact, many researchers have pointed to zinc deficiency as one of the underlying causes of the worsening of kidney disease. We can explore even more upstream and understand some of the factors that result in zinc deficiency in the first place. So…

Food that contain vitamin D

Vitamin D and Kidney Health

Kidney disease (KD) is associated with changes in bone health and mineral balance. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for life and is crucial for calcium balance and bone health. The kidneys are central in the activation of vitamin D and play a key role in regulating circulating levels. Vitamin D as…

Age and kidney health

The Age-Related Kidney Decline: Role of Nitric Oxide and Arginine

In the early 1950’s, researchers declared that age-related kidney decline reduced function at a rate of about 8% every 10 years after the age of 40. More recently, it was noted that the decline may begin as early as 20 years old. Each of us are born with a specific number of nephrons, the functional…