January 27, 2023

Kidneys maintain your body’s potassium levels, and high or low levels are equally dangerous. Lower the potassium levels in your kidneys with the help of a practicing nephrologist in this free video.

Hi this is dr. shawn hashmi with the kaiser permanente woodland hills i’m a practicing neurologist over here so today i’d like to talk to you about how to lower potassium in your kidneys but before we start let me clarify one very important point and that is high potassium and low potassium are equally dangerous your kidneys do a remarkable job of maintaining your

Potassium level so for the great majority of people out there who have normal kidney functions you won’t have any issues with high potassium however if you have parents or if you have people who have any sort of kidney injury or chronic kidney disease they have to be very careful about potassium but it’s always a good idea to have a checked and you can always do that

With a simple blood test so what causes high potassium all foods is an easy way so there are several foods that are high in potassium and i have certain ones that i think if you can cut down on make a big difference i call in my big six so potatoes tomatoes avocados melons oranges and bananas are my big six that i try to cut down there’s a lot of other foods that are

High in potassium those are just six that i find a lot of people in my clinic to be eating a lot cutting down on those foods can actually lower your potassium because your intake is less now in order for potassium to leave the body it has to get out from the urinary tract the majority a little bit of it can get down through the colon but majority does go through the

Urinary tract so that means you need functioning kidneys there’s a lot of blood pressure medications that act on the kidneys and as a side effect of which they actually inhibit the secretion of potassium so bottom line you end up having higher potassium what are those well two categories are called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor or ace inhibitors they all

End in the mnemonic prills so in allah thrill banaz aprill lisinopril another category gives you eldo strong receptor blockers now these are your tell me sar can they all end in our 10 so tell me sorry can belle sar 10 so it’s a great way to remember that this is another cat another one is called aldosterone antagonist a common medication is called spironolactone

And now we have another medication on the market that’s a direct renin inhibitor called alyce caron or ted turner that can also cause high potassium along with blood pressure medication that i just mentioned another very important thing that can cause high potassium is pain medications specifically in the category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs so what are

Those those are over-the-counter things like ibuprofen motrin aleve excedrin these are all part of it and so you want to try to limit their intake now tylenol or acetaminophen on the other hand does not cause your potassium to go higher so how to lower your potassium foods look at your medications and those are the biggies that you can do now any kind of stressful

Exercise that you do can cause an acute rise in potassium if you have a crush injury where you fall down can cause a rise in potassium so if you have an elderly parent who fell their potassium eople higher if you have a severe infection in the body that can raise the potassium and if you have any event that shuts down your kidney or damages you can can raise your

Potassium because like we just said kidneys are needed to get rid of potassium so that’s a brief overview on how to lower your potassium remember low potassium equally dangerous as high potassium so always check with your doctor this is dr. shawn hashmi would kaiser permanente in woodland hills and today we were talking about how to lower your potassium

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Kidney & Bladder Health : How to Lower Potassium Level in the Kidneys By ehowhealth