People with CKD Stage 4 may experience weak muscles when the nerves that stimulate body muscle movement doesn't function properly. What are the supplements can they take to help this condition?
1. Potassium gluconate supplement
Low potassium, or hypokalemia, refers to a serum potassium below 3.5 milliequivalents per liter of blood. It may occur in cases of renal tubular acidosis, potassium-depleting diuretics, and hormones. Weakness of muscle is a symptom of hypokalemia.
Potassium gluconate is a type of potassium supplement. People with muscle weakness due to low potassium can take this supplement after consulting the doctor.
2. Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency contributes to weak muscles in CKD Stage 4. It is not unusual for people with chronic kidney disease to have low levels of vitamin D.
The doctor can check your level of this vitamin and if it is low, order a supplement. Always check with your physician before starting an over-the-counter vitamin, diet supplement, mineral or medicine. These items may be harmful to kidney patients if not taken properly.
3. Iron supplements
If you have CKD Stage 4, you may suffer from weak muscles due to anemia. Anemia is a condition that the body doesn't have enough red blood cells. RBCs carry oxygen all over the body. Your doctor may have you take iron supplements if you have low iron levels.
Whether you can take the above supplements to help your CKD Stage 4 and weak muscles depends on your specific condition. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your detailed disease information, so our kidney experts can analysis it and reply you soon within 24 hours with helpful advice!