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Should Potassium Be Limited with Nephrotic Syndrome

Should Potassium Be Limited with Nephrotic SyndromePotassium is an important electrolyte to counteract the effect of sodium to lower blood pressure and relieve edema. Nephrotic Syndrome patients are often required to have a restricted diet. Should potassium be limited with Nephrotic Syndrome?

It depends.

In the early stage of Nephrotic Syndrome, supplementing potassium is good for Nephrotic Syndrome patients to control symptoms. But in the advanced stage of Nephrotic Syndrome, the damaged kidneys can not remove the excess potassium from the blood, resulting in hyperlipemia easily. If your kidney disease has developed to ESRD and you are under hemodialysis, you should also limit even avoid the intake of potassium. If you are under peritoneal dialysis, there is no restriction on potassium intake.

High potassium level and low potassium level

The normal potassium level in the blood is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L. A potassium level that is too high or too low can be serious. High potassium level can cause muscle weakness, irregular heart beat, tingling sensation, etc. Low potassium level can cause weakness, nausea, poor appetite, etc. Therefore, Nephrotic Syndrome patients should regulate their potassium intake according to their own medical condition.

Vegetables high in potassium

Green leafy vegetables ( such as spinach, amaranth, lettuce and water spinach), mushroom, nori, carrots, potatoes, etc.

Fruits high in potassium

Bananas, tomatoes, date, oranges, mandarin oranges, mango, persimmon, melon, grapefruit, etc.

Fruit low in potassium

Pineapple, papaya, watermelon, pear, strawberry, lemon, etc. Though they are low in potassium, you should pay attention to such kind of fruit. Too much intake of them can also cause high potassium level.

Nephrotic Syndrome patients should have more knowledge about renal-friendly diet, which is very beneficial for their treatment. For more information, please feel free to contact online doctor or leave a message below. We are very glad to help you.

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