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Doctor insights on: Menu For A High Potassium Diet

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And what is a reason to go on a high potassium diet?

And what is a reason to go on a high potassium diet?

Low potassium: Potassium is a necessary ion (electrolyte) which is necessary for all cells but especially cardiac conduction. Low potassium raises the risk of arrhythmias. Kidneys very closely regulate potassium. Diarrhea, diuretics, vomiting, severe sweating, nasogastric drainage and (maybe) bizarre diet can cause a low potassium. If a measured potassium is low, supplementation with diet or meds is advised. Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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What is a reason that patients may need to limit potassium intake, and what is a reason they may need to have a high potassium diet?

What is a reason that patients may need to limit potassium intake, and what is a reason they may need to have a high potassium diet?

Nephrologist: One limits potassium intake when there is deficient handling of the potassium by the kidneys as in kidney failure.One increases potassium intake when the losses exceeds intake as in diuretic use, diarrhea etc. It is best to discuss with nephrologist about the potassium problems. Read more

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High potassium symptoms?

Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly. Read more

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What does high potassium mean?

What does high potassium mean?

Higher than normal: Usual lab potassium normal range is 3.8--5.0. May be slightly different from laboratory to laboratory. Any potassium level above that is considered high and has to be evaluation. Potassium above 5.5 meq/l is usually considered critically high. Read more

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What to do to lower high potassium?

What to do to lower high potassium?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm. Read more

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Need help finding high potassium foods?

Need help finding high potassium foods?

Partial list:: Http://www. Momswhothink. Com/diet-and-nutrition/foods-high-in-potassium. Html

apricots, dried
artichoke
avocados, raw
bananas, raw
beets, cooked
beet greens
brussels sprouts, cooked
cantaloupe
carrots
dates, dry
figs, dry
honeydew melon
jerusalem artichokes
kiwi fruit, raw
nectarines
orange juice
oranges
pears (fresh)
potatoes, baked,
prune juice
prunes, dried
raisins
spinach, . Read more

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What are the symptoms of high potassium?

Hyperkalemia.: Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question. Read more

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What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

Avoid high potassium: Try and keep potassium in normal range. Severely high potassium affecting heart rhythm is an emergency. Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it:
potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

None or death: There are no symptoms from high potassium and, if you have normal kidney function, you can't get a high potassium unless you purposefully overdose on medication. When potassium becomes approximately twice the normal concentration, the heart stops. No warning. Just stops. (potassium is used in executions). Read more

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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions. Read more

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How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

Soak in water?: It is known that soaking potatos helps to take out potassium. Theoretically may be possible from other vegetables but there is no supporting data. Read more

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I have high potassium can I take cultuelle or align. Do they have potassium?

Lactobacillus is ok: Probioticds in culturelle or allign mainly contain lactobacillus. This seems safe, although, not all contents are exactly and completely mentioned in otc preparations. Since hyperkalemia is potentially life-threatening, it is important to follow closely with your doctor to make sure it is under control with your current level of food and supplement intake. Read more

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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm. Read more

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Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of high potassium and who can get it?

Arrythmia: Some symptoms include nothing, fatigue and muscle weakness. However the most important sympotm may be chest pain or palpitations as hyperkalemia can cause heart issues. People with chronic kidney disease and who are diabetic tend to develop hyperkalemia. Also individuals taking cerain medications like ace inhibitors, arbs and Aldactone (spironolactone) can develop hyperkalemia. Read more

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Does lemonade has high potassium?

Does lemonade has high potassium?

Lemons have some K+: Lemons have around 80mg potassium per serving. Other foods have higher potassium content like broccoli (468mg/ serving) or bananas (462mg/ serving). Lemonade potassium content would depend on if real lemons were used, how many were used and how much of the lemonade you consume. Read more

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Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Yes: If the kidneys are not working and you are not making urine, and the potassium is very high dialysis would be needed to remove potassium. Read more

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What could the doctors do if you have a high potassium?

High potassium: In medical jargon it is called hyperkalemia. In an emergency, we use different medications including diuretics (lasix), potassium binders (kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate)), IV insulin with 50% dextrose IV, and IV fluids, if not responding to these interventions will do dialysis as a last resort. If you have chronically high potassium levels kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is often recommended in addition to a low potassium diet. Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more