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A 30-year-old female asked:

my father has a diabetes 2. he also has problems with kidneys. his potassium level is 5.6. suddenly, we found that he has a low level of iron. ?

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Dr. Rodrigo Delacotera
internal Medicine 20 years experience
Anemia: Diabetes can lead to chronic kidney disease, which may lead to high potassium and anemia..Your question is not clear, but i guess when you say " low iron" what you mean is anemia, which is a low blood level.

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I have chronic kidney disease, what can I do to prevent my potassium levels from getting too high?

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Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice.
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The internet says I can't eat potassium rich foods on lisinopril 5mg?! thats like all the healthy food? How am I supposed to eat healthy?

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Talk to MD: Don't listen to everything you read on the internet! if your kidney function is normal, you can consume potassium risch foods safely. A normal kidney will excrete excess potassium you may consume. The fact is that most western diet are deficient in potassium, consuming sodium in great excess of sodium.Feel free to eat the natural, healthy and potassium rich foods freely.www.whatscookingwithdoc.com.

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