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Why People with Kidney Failure should Control the Intake of Potassium

This article was provided by doctor zhengfalei 2015-03-06 14:27

Why People with Kidney Failure should Control the Intake of PotassiumWhy people with kidney failure should control the intake of potassium ? You know a good diet will help to protect the kidneys from further damage and delay the progression of this disease, so as a kidney disease patient they should pay high attention to the the foods they eat, especially as a kidney failure patient. You may heard that kidney disease patient should control the intake of potassium but do you know why ? The following i will tell you more about this kind of nutrition.

What is potassium?

Potassium is a mineral needed in the body for moving your muscles and sending messages to your nerves. It also helps control your heart beat and maintains your normal body fluids.

Why people with kidney failure should control the intake of potassium ?

When your kidneys are not working properly they lose the ability to get rid of excess potassium. High levels of potassium in the blood can be dangerous to your health and can cause:

Anxiety

Heart attack

Irregular heart beat

Irritability

Muscle weakness (especially in legs)

Stomach cramping

Tingling or numbness in toes and fingers

How do you avoid getting too much potassium?

Do not use salt substitutes. (Examples: NuSalt; No Salt; Morton's Salt Substitute; Morton's Lite Salt; Adolph's Salt Substitute; Papa Dash Salt Lover's Blend; Low Sodium Bouillon)

The potassium content of potatoes and some other vegetables can be reduced by a process called leaching. Ask your dietitian if this will work for you. But as a kidney disease you’d better make a diet plan according to your own condition, because different people need different foods.

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