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Living with CKD How Much Potassium can You Have per Day

2013-09-26 11:12

Living with CKD How Much Potassium can You Have per DayPotassium is a mineral which plays a role in keeping the heartbeat regular and muscles working right. It is the job of healthy kidneys to keep the right amount of this mineral in the body. In case of CKD, the kidneys fail to work normally and patients often need to limit the intake of potassium. How much can you have per day? Read on to find more information or chat with our online doctor for free advice.

Proper potassium levels

If your levels are between 3.5-5.0, this is considered a safe zone. Levels between 5.1-6.0 are considered slightly elevated, while level above 6.0 are considered in the "danger" zone. Excessive high potassium levels can be a life-threatening situation, resulting in an irregular heartbeat and potentially a heart attack.

Recommended intake

Recommendations may vary based on individualized health. The following are general advice for your reference:

CKD Stage 1 to 2 (GFR 60-90+): 2 to 5g a day

CKD Stage 3 to 4 (GFR 20-60): 2 to 4g a day

CKD Stage 4 to 5 (GFR 5-20): ≤ 2-2.5g a day

If you would like to best amount in your condition, please Email to kidney-support@hotmail.com.

High/Low potassium foods

Avoid or limit high potassium foods such as bananas, oranges, raisins, lentils, potatoes, spinach, chocolate, tomatoes, baked beans, peanut butter, seafood (lobster, salmon, scallops), whole-grain breads, etc.

Choose foods that are low in potassium including strawberries, blackberries, grapes, lettuce, cauliflower, yellow squash, rice, noodles, apples, tuna, eggs, carrots, corn, and while bread, and pasta.

The above food lists can help people with CKD choose the right foods. They are a guide and do not replace the advice of a healthcare professional. If you are unsure about a particular foods, please leave a message in the below.

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