Link Between Phosphate Intake and Heart Disease Demonstrated in New University of Sheffield Study  
6/8/2011 6:48:54 AM

Lowering phosphate intake in humans may reduce heart disease, according to research by experts at the University of Sheffield. The study demonstrates the connection between a high phosphate diet and atherosclerosis -- a leading cause of heart disease, the researchers say. The findings have been published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (June 2, 2011). The research, which was funded by the Sheffield Kidney Association and the National Institute for Health Research, has shown that cholesterol deposits in the wall of arteries are increased following a higher phosphate diet. This leads to narrowing of the arteries, which is the cause of most heart attacks and strokes.