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Why Renal Patient Should Be Careful Of His Potassium Intake

Why Renal Patient Should Be Careful Of His Potassium IntakeDiet can make a significant influence to patient with kidney disease, and in choosing what to eat, patient is often recommended to be careful in his potassium intake.

Why renal patient should be careful of his potassium intake?

Kidney has the function of regulating the balance of electrolytes in our body. While for patients with kidney disease, this function of kidney will be damaged, which may cause many electrolytes’disorder in patient’s body.

Potassium is an electrolyte often has imbalance level in renal patient. In fact, renal patient can have high potassium or low potassium, but high potassium in blood is more likely to appear. And both of them can cause many body problems. For example, if patient has high potassium, he often has arrhythmia, sore muscles, tiredness, nausea ,vomiting, etc. If patient has low potassium, he will have myasthenia, limbs cramp, arrhythmia, loss of appetite, etc.

Thereby, once patient has the imbalance of potassium in his body, he should regulate his potassium level by regulating his potassium intake in his diet.

How should patient with kidney disease regulate his potassium intake?

Renal patient should regulate his potassium intake according to his condition. If patient has hyperpotassemia, he should restrict the intake of foods with high potassium. If patient has low potassium, he is recommended to take high potassium foods. High potassium includes banana, orange, beans, potato, kiwi fruit, etc.

Besides, potassium has the function of inhibiting the intake of sodium, while sodium can cause and aggravate patient’s hypertension. For patients with PKD, they can have hypertension in their early stage, so increasing their potassium is good for them. Besides, patients on peritoneal dialysis also often has the shortage of potassium, so they may also need to supply their potassium intake.

But every patient has his own condition, so patient should regulate his potassium intake according to his condition.

In the end, if you need any help in regulating your potassium intake, you can just leave us a message about your question, and we will give you a detailed reply.

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