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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Healthy Potassium Level for PKD Patient

2014-06-19 03:52

Healthy Potassium Level for PKD PatientPotassium level concerns the kidney disease patients’ health state. It is a very important substance keeping the acid-base balance. If the potassium level is higher than the normal range, heart disease will occur and even be life-threatening. For PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) patients, they should pay more attention to foods and drinks that affect the healthy potassium level.

What is the normal level of potassium?

An optimal potassium level is 3.5-5.0 mg/dl. The health kidneys can keep the electrolyte balance. Once the kidneys are damaged by renal diseases, like IgA Nephropathy, Lupus Nephritis, Diabetic Nephropathy and Polycystic Kidney Disease, they cannot the maintain serum potassium level normal, so patients are diagnosed with high or low potassium level. However, low potassium is not so common with high potassium level, so the doctor often makes a low-potassium diet plan for PKD patients. The proper intake of potassium should be based on their own condition.

In the early stage of PKD:

In the early stage of PKD, your kidneys still have the function to discharge excessive potassium in the blood. So you can take foods safely, but you should also keep the intake within a limited amount. In gerally, 4.7g potassium each day is safe. You can leave a message below, tell us your diet plan, our doctors will give you some suggestions.

In the advanced stage of PKD:

More than 50% of glomeruli have been injured and kidneys cannot function adequately and potassium level becomes obviously abnormal. At this time, the general intake of potassium should be limited to 1.5-2.0g. Since most fruits contain rich potassium, especially oranges and bananas, PKD patients must make a strict diet plan. Examples of low-potassium foods include eggs, shrimp, chicken, asparagus, onions, green peas, grapes, peaches and berries.

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