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What are the acceptable potassium levels in a patient with chronic kidney disea?

What are the acceptable potassium levels in a patient with chronic kidney disea?

3.5 to 5.0-5.5: Generally, the potassium should be kept within normal limits just as for a person without renal disease. Most labs have a normal range of 3.5 on the low end and may be anywhere from 5 to 5.5 on the high end. Potassium is less well eliminated by patients with kidney disease and generally with advanced kidney disease, the potassium intake must be reduced. ...Read more

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The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Is potassium good for patient who has kidney disease or impaired renal function?

See answer: Patients with impaired renal function have difficulty getting rid of potassium. As kidney function worsens (GFR ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is potassium level of 5.5 a worrisome sign.what medicine and lifestyle can one do to reduce it.is it a sign that kidneys not functioning well.pls help?

Is potassium level of 5.5 a worrisome sign.what medicine and lifestyle can one do to reduce it.is it a sign that kidneys not functioning well.pls help?

Need more info...: One-time high potassium needs to be repeated if other electrolyes and serum creatinine are within normal range. Besides, it is important to correlate one single test with your overall clinical profile. So, ask your doctor since s/he knows more about you than anyone online. Best wish... ...Read more

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Does high level calcium and potassium mean kidney problems?Only mildly elevated. Going for recheck

Does high level calcium and potassium mean kidney  problems?Only mildly elevated. Going for recheck

Not necessarily: Good idea to recheck labs, as often minimally abnormal studies the result of improper handling of the blood specimen, causing hemolysis. ...Read more

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Potassium is chronically low (3.0) when its checked. ECG shows flattened T waves. Kidneys are functioning normally. What could cause this?

Usually it means: that you are losing too much potassium from either your GI tract or in your urine. It's very uncommon for hypokalemia(low potassium) to stem from poor dietary intake. There are multiple hormonal issues that can cause this and primary issues with the kidney(with noted intact creatinine clearance). Due you have any other metabolic issues like alkalosis ? ...Read more

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Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Other way around: Potassium (K+) levels vary from hour to hour based on intake via food and supplements. Its the kidneys job to eliminate excess and prevent loss when K+ is low. K+ range outside of approx 2 to 8 is not compatable with life and the 1st effect will be to stop your heart. A dammaged kidney may not effectively regulate K+ but isn't injured by K+. To reduce K+ reduce foods high in potassium. ...Read more

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Other than kidney, adrenal, or dietary issues are there other causes for high potassium? My levels stay around 5.5 and nobody can find any problems.

Other than kidney, adrenal, or dietary issues are there other causes for high potassium? My levels stay around 5.5 and nobody can find any problems.

Watch it: if you have had extensive work up and seen a nephrologist and reviewed your meds, I would just keep monitoring it. normal is what 65% of population has, and you just happen to fall outside the curve but can still be normal. any family history of hyperkalemia? ...Read more

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Potassium: Potassium blood concentration is regulated automatically by many systems but the function of the kidney in its control is most vital. Too little k+ cause weakening of all body muscles. Too much k+ can cause muscle and heart trouble and even stops the heart . Among chemicals not being regulated properly anymore is k+. Ammonia we cannot eliminate can also weaken the muscles and mind. ...Read more

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Love to eat potassium rich diet daily 5000 mg ( 5 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.2. Is this kidney issue. Feedback.?

Love to eat potassium rich  diet daily 5000 mg ( 5 bananas, dates, apricot)but my potassium level is no more than 3.2. Is this kidney issue. Feedback.?

Investigate: Potassium level of 3.2 can be if you are taking diuretics or if you chronic diarrhea. Otherwise you are having more losses throygh kidney and the reason should be figured out with the help of a doctor. ...Read more

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