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Re: Potassium

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Posted by Darrin on May 19, 2000 at 02:07:25:

In Reply to: Re: Potassium posted by Rebekah on February 01, 2000 at 10:54:39:

I have been a Dialysis pt. For seventeen years. Potassium can be very deadly. For a person on Dialysis. It can be easy to elavate your levels, and you can die. There are very few signs to warn you, and because of this. You may not even feel it comeing. I have heard of a few patients actually dieing on the machine because their heart just quit. I suggest if you have renal problems, and or the begining stages of renal failure. Stay alert as to what foods are high in potassium. It is impossible to find any source of food that doesn't have potassium in it, and most don't tell you the amount of potassim they contain. I would suggest getting a list from your doctor. Then learn how to regulate your potassium intake. It might mean giveing up some of your favorite foods, or substatute one for another. (ie) Have a candy bar with lunch, but don't have any frenchfries with your lunch. It could mean the difference between life or death. I hope this helps. Potassium can be very scary. It can also be just as deadly if it gets too low. It's not something you can just take a pill for to make it level out. Belive me you don't want to get an emergency treatment for a high Potassium. It is rough on your heart and the rest of your body. I've been there twice, and it's no fun. So listen to your doctors, and try to stick to a careful diet. I hope that this helps. I know I was blunt, but if it keeps one person from a potassium overdose. I'll be releaved. -Darrin: I have heard or restricted potassium intake for dialysis patients, but I don't think I have ever heard of it for kidney failure, or preventative kidney care. I have wondered, though, if it was "kidney protectove" during a dialysis regime, them why would it not be reccommended to more people who may be at risk for developing renal insufficiency. Sorry...that's probably not a heck of a lot of help! Let me know if you find out more! -Rebekah

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