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How Much Potassium to Take with Stage 4 Renal Failure

How Much Potassium to Take with Stage 4 Renal FailureWith the aggravation of kidney disease, patients should pay attention to their potassium intake. In Stage 4 Renal Failure, kidneys are functioning at 15%~29%. How much potassium should patients with stage 4 kidney failure take in?

Potassium in the blood

Potassium is one essential mineral in the body that helps regulate nerve and muscle function, and normal potassium level also maintains normal heartbeat and keep fluid and electrolyte balance. When patients take in enough potassium from their foods and kidneys eliminate extra potassium from the body perfectly.

To guarantee potassium play these functions correctly, potassium level in the blood should be kept between 3.5 and 5.5 mEq/L.

Potassium and stage 4 renal failure

In stage 4, kidney function has a severe decline. If patients' potassium level in the blood is still lower than 5.5 mEq/L, they are suggested to eat at least 4700 mg of potassium every day. If their potassium level is higher than normal, they should limit their intake to 1500 to 2700 mg of potassium one daily.

According to patients' illness condition, doctors can determine how much potassium their patients can take in.

How to lower high potassium level for patients with stage 4 kidney failure?

If patients' potassium level is too high, they should firstly limit their potassium intake and control the intake of potassium-containing foods such as banana, orange, watermelon, spinach, bitter gourd, and so on. Secondly, patients should stop all medications that may induce high potassium level. Once patients' illness condition is quite severe, they may also need to accept dialysis in advance. Dialysis is the most direct method to remove extra potassium and cleanse the blood.

If you still have any question about potassium and stage 4 renal failure, you can ask the online doctor.

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