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Need Dialysis Patients to Limit Potassium and Phosphorus Intake

2016-10-23 15:45

In fact, for most of the patients who are taking dialysis they need to limit their Potassium and Phosphorus intake.

The functions of Potassium and Phosphorus

Potassium is a mineral which can be found in most of the foods, and potassium has the function of helping muscle movement and keeping the nervous system healthy. It can also help balance the water in body, and potassium is mainly excreted by kidneys. When people get kidney disease, the kidney will fail to work well, and the excess potassium will build up in blood, which will cause high potassium level, and it will be harmful to heart.

Phosphorus is also a mineral which can be found in some certain foods, and phosphorus in body can help strong bones and teeth. when the kidneys are damaged, the phosphorus will also get higher than the normal level, and high phosphorus levels in blood will cause bone problems for patients.

Why dialysis patient need to limit Potassium and Phosphorus intake?

Dialysis patients are often recommended to limit the potassium intake, because the potassium level will be increased during the dialysis treatments, which will cause weakness, muscle cramps, tiredness and heart problems. So dialysis patients need to limit their potassium intake in their daily life.

What’s more, dialysis can only help remove small amount of phosphorus from blood, and the high phosphorus level in blood will cause itching, weak and brittle bones and cause some other serious complications. So dialysis patients should also limit their daily phosphorus intake.

From above, we can know that potassium and phosphorus level will be helpful for kidney disease patients, but high potassium and high phosphorus levels will cause serious complications for people. Therefore, hemodialysis should keep proper amount of potassium and phosphorus intake in their daily life depending ion their illness condition.

If you have other questions about dialysis or want to avoid dialysis, you can send email to us, we will try our best to help you.

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