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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?
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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Danger
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. High levels of potassium can cause cardiac problems and potential death. Therefore ckd patients should have low potassium diets.

In brief: Danger
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. High levels of potassium can cause cardiac problems and potential death. Therefore ckd patients should have low potassium diets.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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