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Chronic Kidney Failure, 5.6 Potassium Reading: Is It Serious

2013-07-31 15:06


My potassium read is 5.6. I am a patient of Chronic Kidney Failure. Is there anything I should be worried? What can I do now to help my kidney problem?



Hi, thanks for emailing us. I’d like to give you some advice according to the illness condition you described.

First of all, I’d like to tell you 5.6 potassium reading is high. Normally, potassium level in blood is kept in the range 3.5-5.0mEq/L. The most common effects of elevated potassium levels are disruptions to the heart muscle. Potassium helps to regular heartbeat and when potassium level in blood becomes higher, arrhythmia occurs easily. Therefore, now you run a certain risk for heart problem.

Chronic kidney failure can cause elevation of potassium level in blood, as kidney plays a crucial role in discharging excessive potassium. When kidney function is impaired, excess potassium build up in blood, leading to elevation of potassium level. Therefore, for chronic kidney failure patients, repairing kidney damages to improve kidney function is the key point to lower high potassium.

Your potassium level is higher than the normal range, so the following measures are necessary:

1. Avoid high potassium foods like banana, white beans, spinach, baked potatoes, dried apricots, baked acorn squash, yogurt, salmon, avocados and white mushrooms and so on, as all these foods can cause further elevation of potassium level.

2. Bring blood pressure and blood sugar in normal range: although high blood pressure and high blood sugar do not elevate potassium level in blood, they can worsen kidney function, which can cause further increase of potassium level.

3. Protect your residual kidney function: Since potassium level increases as failed kidney can not function properly. Thereby, protecting residual kidney function is very important for controlling potassium level in blood. As for this point, I suggest you try Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy which is a herbal treatment and cause no side effects during the whole process. It has been successfully used by patients from more than 60 countries. If you are interested in this therapy, you can leave message to to get more detailed information. Hope it is helpful for you.

4. Control all the symptoms like proteinuria, hematuria, and anemia actively, as these symptoms may cause acceleration of illness, which is also not beneficial for you to control potassium level.

Potassium 5.6 is higher than the normal range, but I am sure with comprehensive treatment, it can be lowered down effectively. Therefore, please do not worry. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to ask us for help.

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