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    How Much Potassium Can I Have on A Renal Diet

    How Much Potassium Can I Have on A Renal DietHow much potassium can I have on a renal diet? Surely it is one of the common questions for kidney disease patients. Well then, let’s talk about this topic in this article.

    What are the functions of potassium?

    Potassium is a mineral which helps your nerves and muscles work well. Normally, healthy kidneys will keep the right amount of potassium in your body. If your kidneys are not working well, the potassium level in your blood can be too high or too low. In such a condition, it will affect your heartbeat. Especially, a very high level of potassium or hyperkalemia can cause your heart to stop beating. Potassium comes from the foods and beverages we consume. Also, medications, such as water pills and some blood pressure medications can also affect how much potassium you have in your blood.

    Well then, what is a safe level of potassium in the blood?

    Normal blood potassium levels for adults are 3.5 to 5.0 mmol/L. Generally, for kidney disease patients, how much can they take potassium needs to depend on their own illness condition. If CKD patients have blood potassium level higher than 5.5mmol/L or if their daily urine output is less than 1000ml, they need to limit potassium intake through diets. The recommended low-potassium is 1500-2000mg/d.

    How to know you have high potassium level?

    When kidneys fail they can no longer remove excess potassium, so the levels builds up in the body. High potassium in the blood is called hyperkalemia. This may occur in people with advanced stages of chronic kidney disease. It is often associated with nausea, weakness, numbness or tingling, slow pulse, irregular heartbeat, heart failure and so on.

    If you were told that you need to limit intake of potassium, you should pay more attention to your daily diet. It is better talk to your renal dietitian according to your illness condition. Have follow-up question? Please talk with our online doctors or leave a message below and we will do what we can help you.


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