Hypokalemia (low blood potassium) in dialysis is not rate and has its root causes. Here is a brief explanation about the cause, symptoms and treatment for hypokalemia in dialysis. Any questions, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hypokalemia is generally defines as a serum potassium level of less than 3.5mEq/L (3.5 mmol/L). For Kidney Failure patients who are on dialysis, they have hypokalemia may be due to:
● Less intake of potassium in diet. A poor appetite or restriction of high-potassium vegetables or fruits might lead to the shortage of potassium.
● Loss of potassium during dialysis
It is more common among patients on peritoneal dialysis that those on hemodialysis. The dialyzate contains no potassium, leading to 30-40 mmol/L potassium each day.
● Disordered insulin working
Injection of glucose during dialysis might induced an increased secretion of insulin, causing potassium to be reassigned into cells. As a result, potassium levels in the blood decreases.
Ways to prevent hypokalemia in dialysis
From the above analysis of the possible factors that may cause hypokalemia, you may know the ways how to prevent this problem. In fact, the precautions can be summarized to two aspects: watch out the diet and reduce dialysis.
● A balanced diet
Some foods rich in potassium include potatoes, artichoke, spinach, papayas, prunes, bananas, legume products, some meats and dairy products such as milk and yogurt.
● Ways to reduce dialysis
Many people may think that dialysis is the only way to treat Kidney Failure. Well, the truth is that there are some natural therapies that can help patients reduce dialysis.
In our hospital, Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, we treat kidney disease mainly by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They can improve blood circulation and repair damaged renal tissues. Thereby, remaining kidney function can be protected and enhanced. As long as the kidney can work adequately, patients can reduce or even stop taking dialysis. Based on nearly 30 years of clinic practices, our therapies are proved to be very natural and effective. If you want to know more information, please be free to contact us!