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May 17, 2010

P is for Pineapple, a kidney friendly tropical fruit

Pineapple is a symbol of friendship and hospitality as well as a sense of welcome, good cheer, warmth and family affection. It’s also a great fruit choice for the kidney diet. The DaVita Dietitian team admires the pineapple so much they chose it for their logo to go with their motto “Improving Nutrition Together”.

Pineapple fits a low potassium diet plan with 125 mg potassium for 1/2 cup frozen or canned (chunks or crushed), 2 rings or 3/4 cup fresh. Read more…

May 29, 2009

Controlling High Potassium in Chronic Kidney Disease

Many chronic kidney disease patients I’ve worked with have questions about what’s important with potassium control. Not all people with CKD need to restrict potassium.  In early stages of CKD, potassium usually is not a problem because the kidneys still remove enough to keep blood levels normal.  In some cases, elevated potassium may return to normal with adjustments in medication, especially if a person is on potassium sparing diuretics.  If medications are adjusted and levels continue above normal, a lower potassium diet is needed.

Kalium-Latin for Potassium

Kalium-Latin for Potassium

What’s the link between potassium and kidneys?  90% of the excess potassium consumed through diet is removed by your kidneys. Read more…

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