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Potassium and the dialysis enduring - medicine

 

Any dialysis long-suffering who has had a brush with high potassium will know only too well how dodgy this can be. We are ceaselessly being told to watch our potassium intake, so I attention I would explore the reasons for this, and what convenient steps we can take to limit the risks.

For your cells to do properly, it is critical that you argue the right level of potassium, unfortunately, for those of us with kidney disease, there is no way for our bodies to rid themselves of this potassium. As too high a level of potassium can cause muscle weakness, concern the heart rhythm and may even cause death, it is decisive that we administer our intake carefully, in consultation with our dietician, clinical nurse, and renal specialist.

Some signs that your potassium may be too high might include, but are not inadequate to: nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness, and bumpy heartbeat. If you come into contact with any of these symptoms, delight acquaintance your healthcare provider, or take by hand off to the bordering sanatorium - post haste!

So it's all well and good to know that a high potassium level is dangerous, and what the symptoms are and what to do if we come across the symptoms, but what can we do to avoid this danger? Well I'm glad you asked!

Whilst some outer factors distress the level of potassium in the blood of a dialysis patient, the one major thing that you can do is to administer your diet. Avoid foods that are high in potassium, and you stay out of the likelihood zone. It's as down-to-earth as that!

"So what are these foods I ought to be avoiding?" I hear you ask. Even as this list provides some of the foods that may put you into the jeopardy zone, it is by no means a ample list. It ought to also be noted here that very few foods ought to be well thought-out absolutely "off limits", just as you are on dialysis, doesn't mean that your life must stop and that you shouldn't be able to enjoy some of it's finer offerings.

The list: All meats, chick and fish,. apricots (fresh more so than canned), avocado, banana, cantaloupe, honeydew, Kiwi Fruit, lima beans, milk, oranges and carroty juice, potatoes, prunes, spinach, tomatoes, vegetables and vegetable juice .

Your next distrust be supposed to be: "But that seems like a lot of vegetables, what can I do to lower the potassium level in vegetables?" I'm glad you asked again! To lower the at ease in vegetables, cleanly cut the vegetables up into small pieces, and boil them well in a pan then drain them thoroughly.

Hopefully this has given you some idea of what symptoms to look out for, what foods to avoid, and by and large how to live with a low potassium diet. For more information, talk to your dietician, clinical nurse, or doctor.

About the author: Stuart Drew is a 34 year old dialysis tolerant from Adelaide, Australia. He has a wilfe, a son (with a new on the way), and two little schnauzers. He is a part time web geek, and runs the website therenalunit. com - a news advantage for all issues connecting to kidney disease and dialysis. He can be contacted at stuart@stuartdrew. com


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