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Low Potassium Diet for Renal Parenchymal Disease

2013-10-14 14:02

Low Potassium Diet for Renal Parenchymal DiseasePotassium in our body helps control nerve and muscle function, and the normal level of potassium is important for everyone as well as people with renal parenchymal disease. Renal parenchymal disease can result from either congenital or acquired factors. When kidneys are damaged severely, a low potassium diet is inevitable.

Potassium and renal parenchymal disease

Normally, healthy kidneys remove extra potassium from the body. In the early stage of kidney disease, patients won’t suffer from high potassium level. However, in the end stage, high potassium level is more likely to be one of your biggest concern. Here, there are some standards to help you determine whether your potassium level is normal or not:

If it is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L, you are in the safe zone;

If it is 5.1-6.0 mEq/L, you are in the caution zone;

If it is higher than 6.0 mEq/L, you are in the danger zone.

It means you have to develop a low-potassium diet if you are in the later two zones.

How to arrange a low potassium diet for renal parenchymal disease?

Firstly, you need to determine how much potassium you can take in every day. Since the answer changes from patient to patient, you can tell us your potassium level through emailing to kidneydoctor@hotmail.com or leaving a message below. Then, doctors here will rely you the answer. Then, learn to decide corresponding diet tips:

● Control the intake of foods high in potassium including banana, apricot, bran, chocolate, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, etc.

● Learn to read the label of foods to detect the underlying potassium.

● Eat a variety of foods but in moderation.

● Pay attention to your serving size. Don’t eat too many certain food, even if it is low in potassium.

Addition to the above tips, many other medical notices should also be paid attention to. For example, if you have begun dialysis, don’t skip any dialysis treatment without doctors’ permission. To learn more about potassium and renal parenchymal disease, welcome to consult our online doctor or leave a message below.

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