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Phosphorus is an essential mineral in the body, playing a vital role in bone structure, energy and oxygen metabolism, cellular activity, and other functions.
Low phosphorus levels can be linked to malnutrition and various diseases like rickets and osteomalacia, while high levels are associated with kidney and liver diseases, cardiovascular issues, and dementia.
Diet, particularly one high in processed foods and soft drinks, can influence phosphorus levels, and both low and high phosphorus have been linked to anemia.
Research indicates that high phosphorus levels are associated with atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular risk, even in healthy individuals, while other studies have shown a connection between phosphorus levels and dementia risk, particularly in those younger than 60.
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