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Mastix Medica Introduces RenaGum™ - The First Medical Food Chewing Gum
Date:8/8/2013

Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

Mastix Medica, an innovative specialty manufacturer of dietary supplements and functional foods, has introduced RenaGum™, a novel medical food that helps patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) maintain normal phosphate levels. RenaGum™ is specially formulated with chitosan, a well-known dietary, medical and environmental binding agent. Clinical studies show that chitosan released from chewing gum is an effective way to help maintain normal serum phosphate levels in CKD patients. RenaGum™ is made using natural ingredients, a non-allergenic chitosan from a vegetable source, not from shellfish, and is also Kosher certified. As a medical food product, RenaGum™ needs to be used under the supervision of a physician.

CKD is a growing health problem in the United States, with at least 20 million people in various stages of CKD including about 500,000 people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring hemodialysis. The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure accounting for up to 2/3 of all CKD cases. In people with CKD, and especially people with ESRD, one of the most important co-existing disorders is caused by increased levels of phosphorus (hyperphosphatemia) in the body.

Elevated serum phosphate levels are significantly associated with cardiovascular calcification and increased cardiac mortality. People with CKD and ESRD need to watch what they eat and drink and may take phosphate binder drugs that their doctor prescribes. These phosphate binder drugs are taken by patients during meals to prevent the absorption of phosphate in the digestive system from the food that is consumed.

“We are excited that Mastix Medica is introducing its first proprietary product, RenaGum™, to help people with CKD and ESRD maintain healthy phosphate levels,” commented Robert Estey, CEO of Mastix Medica. “RenaGum™ is a complimentary medical food that is chewed a
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