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How to Lower Potassium Levels for Kidney Disease Patients

How to Lower Potassium Levels for Kidney Disease PatientsPotassium is one essential mineral for our body, and extra potassium is excreted by kidneys. In early-stage kidney disease, kidneys can still remove additional potassium properly. However, with the progress of kidney disease, excessive potassium may build up in the blood and cause some problems. Then, these patients must want to know how to lower high potassium levels.

Potassium and kidney function

Generally speaking, potassium is responsible for keeping our nerve and muscle functioning and heart beating normally. Healthy kidneys can make potassium level ranges from 3.5 to 5.5 mEq/L. Too low and too high potassium levels both can cause irregular heart beat, muscular problems and nerve problems. For people with kidney disease, high potassium level is common.

How to lower potassium levels for kidney patients?

Nearly all potassiums in our body comes from our eating foods, so it should begin from a low-potassium diet for reducing potassium level. Then, patients should try low-potassium foods and avoid high-potassium foods. Read on to find out what to eat and not eat.

- Low-potassium foods: Apples, berries, peaches, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, nondairy creamers, etc.

- High-potassium foods: Kiwi, mango, oranges, papaya, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, banana, ice cream, pumpkin, etc.

A healthy diet plan can help normalize potassium level in the blood largely. However, in many cases, it is impossible to lower high potassium level only with diet modification. Then, some other medications or treatments are also needed.

To lower high potassium levels, diuretics, calcium chloride, glucose, enema therapy or even dialysis are used according to patients’ illness conditions. If you haven’t found correct medications or therapies, you can tell the online doctor your potassium level. Therefore, they can give you some personalized advices.

Of course, some other treatments that can repair damaged kidneys are also needed. Only if kidneys can recover largely, potassium will be discharged out of the body via kidneys.

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