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Stage 3 CKD: Do I Have to Watch Potassium and Phosphorus

2018-04-18 17:06| Font Size A A A

Recently, a renal patient from America asked that whether she has to watch potassium and phosphorus from her diet since she has CKD stage 3. This should be a common question to most of the CKD patients, because they pay attention to their daily diet and want to know what they can eat or cant eat with their disease. In this article, we will talk about this, hope this can benefit you.

In general, when renal patients suffer from high potassium or high phosphorus level in blood, they should limit the foods high with them. Because both high potassium or phosphorus is harmful to patients, which can worsen the disease or even life-threatening.

Harms with high potassium level:
Stage 3 CKD: Do I Have to Watch Potassium and Phosphorus

When potassium level is higher than 5 mEq/L in blood, we call it hyperkalemia, and it can cause the symptoms like fatigue, muscle cramps, irregular heart beat, heart failure, or even sudden death. The higher potassium level is, the more dangerous patients will have.

Harms with phosphorus level:
Stage 3 CKD: Do I Have to Watch Potassium and Phosphorus

The high phosphorus level in blood can worsen the kidney function, and cause hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy, and VD3 metabolic disorder, etc. This can also lead to some severe symptoms, like skin itching, bone pain, fracture, etc.

Since there are so many harms with high potassium and high phosphorus levels in blood, so CKD stage 3 patients should pay attention with it. In daily diet, they can limit the fruits or vegetables high in potassium or phosphorus. They can boil the fruits or vegetables first, then cook it, this can help reduce the high levels in foods.

Once they get high potassium level or high phosphorus level, they should also take treatment to control the high levels, thus can reduce kidney burden and protect kidneys. If you want to learn more details of the treatment, you can send e-mail to, or contact with whatsapp +8613633219293.

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