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Why Are Renal Patients Placed On Low Potassium Foods

Why Are Renal Patients Placed On Low Potassium Foods  Patients with kidney disease may have many restrictions in what he eats, especially for patient whose condition is severe. And a common requirement for them is they should take low potassium diet.

Why are renal patient placed on low potassium foods?

Kidney is an important organ for our body, and it regulates our body’s internal balance. While for patients with kidney disease, their disease can damage their kidneys, and that will damage many aspects’ balance in patient’s body, among which the imbalance of potassium can cause many problems to patient’s health.

Patients with kidney disease often have hyperpotassemia, and that often causes patient to have arrhythmia. Hyperpotassemia can also affect patient nerve-muscle system, and it can cause patient to have symptoms like extreme fatigue, numbness of limbs, and it can also cause obnubilation. Besides, hyperpotassemia often causes nausea and vomiting to patient.

In fact, patient with kidney disease can also have hypokalemia, and that can also cause patient to have many health problems, but this condition is relatively rare than hyperpotassemia.

Thereby, to reduce the risk for renal patients to get some health problems caused by hyperpotassemia, it is more likely for them to reduce the potassium intake to regulate the balance of potassium in his body.

Should renal patient always avoid high-potassium foods?

High-potassium foods are more likely to be harmful for patient with kidney disease, but as we have said, patient may have hypokalemia sometimes, and patient will need to supply his potassium intake at this point.

For example, patient who is taking peritoneal dialysis may need to increase his potassium intake, because his dialysis type often makes him to have the shortage of potassium.

Every patient has his own needs in his nutrients’ intake, which is decided by his own condition. And if you need any help in what diet is suitable for you, you can email us your medical report, and we are glad to help you.

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