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    Stage 4 Kidney Disease and High Potassium Level

    2014-06-25 07:03| Font Size A A A

    Stage 4 Kidney Disease and High Potassium LevelA person with stage 4 kidney disease has advanced kidney damage with severe decreased on glomerular filtration reate. In this case, patients will suffer many symptoms and high potassium is a commonly seen in this kidney disease. Then, how does it cause increased potassium level? Please read on and you will find out the answer in this article.

    How does high potassium occur in stage 4 kidney disease?

    As we all know, potassium is an important electrolyte in our body. Along with sodium, it regulates the water balance and the acid-base balance in the blood and tissues. When your high blood pressure is induced by eating too much sodium, potassium plays an important role to lower hypertension. Potassium also have the functions of sustaining nervous health and maintaining the normal heartbeat.

    Normally, our healthy kidneys are responsible for keeping balance of it by filtrating the excessive potassium in the blood. However, for patients with this advanced kidney damage, their impaired kidney almost lost its functions and they fail to discharge excessive potassium. As a result, a large amount of potassium will pile up in the blood and cause high potassium level, also called hyperkalemia.

    Some medications also can cause high potassium. For patients, they usually take certain medication to control their symptoms, for example, ACEIs or ARBs are usually used to inhibit high blood pressure, while, if you take them for a long time, it will cause some side effects, such as increased potassium.

    High potassium will be presented when you eat some food which are rich in potassium. Especially when you have kidney problems, the impaired kidney cannot remove the extra potassium form your body.

    The mentioned above is the general introduction about the causes of high potassium in kidney disease.

    For its causes, we offer some available methods to control this symptom.

    You should pay enough attention to your daily diet. When you have high potassium, you should be cautious when you choose foods. In this regard, you should avoid these foods such as banana, apple, spinach, kale, peas, etc which are rich in potassium.

    Dietary is just adjuvant therapy. Then, what are the radical treatment? From the above analysis, we can know that the root cause of high potassium is the kidney damage or decreased renal function. Thereby, what we should do is to repair kidney damage and enhance kidney function. In China, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is widely used to treat various symptoms and manage kidney disease. Wanna more info? Please talk with our Online Doctor directly or leave a message below and we are pleasure to help you.

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