National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day

Join together on May 1st (5.1) each year to learn and share knowledge about hyperkalemia, also known as high potassium!  It is important for people living with kidney disease to learn about potassium and to be aware of how much potassium they take in.

Potassium is an important mineral (K) that plays a key role in controlling the function of nerves and muscles, particularly the heart.  Potassium is found in many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.  Most of the extra potassium eaten in the diet is removed by the kidneys.  When kidney function deceases to a certain level, the body cannot get rid of as much extra potassium.  If potassium levels become too high (for example, if too much potassium is taken in and kidney function is not good enough to remove the extra potassium, or if potassium levels rise due to certain medications), then serious and potentially life-threatening side effects could occur.  The SAFE range for your blood potassium level is considered to be under 5.1 (3.5 -5.0 mEq/L).

Let's learn more about potassium and share our knowledge on 5.1 during National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day!

  • What: National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day
  • When: 5.1.20  (Why 5.1?  5.1 mEq/L. is the blood potassium level to be under in order to be in the SAFE range - learn more.)
  • Why: To educate and share knowledge about Hyperkalemia (high potassium) and Kidney Disease.  
  • Who: National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day is a program of the American Association of Kidney Patients (www.AAKP.org)
  • Where/How: There are LOTS of ways you can join in - read about our TOOLKIT, WORKSHOP, LIVESTREAM, TSHIRT and MORE BELOW!

Download educational resources & Share

Download our Toolkit and share posts and resources with your audiences on social media and in your publications.  The Toolkit includes:

  • Educational social media posts and graphics
  • Fact Sheet
  • More

Attend Workshop on 5.1.20 - FREE EVENT!

Attend the National Hyperkalemia Day Workshop on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. to learn about Potassium and Kidney Disease!  An esteemed panel of medical professionals and patients will  ...  Breakfast is provided.  Learn more & Register below.

Watch Livestream Event

Can't attend the Free Workshop!  No problem, watch the event via our livestream on Friday, May 1, 2020.  The livestream will be available on YouTube, Facebook and ....

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Help Make it Official

Help us make this awareness day official by sending a proclamation letter to your representative asking him/her to recognize May 1 as National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day as an official....

Listen to Doctor Radio on April 3

On April 3, 2020 listen to SiriusXM, channel 110 Doctor Radio from 7 – 7:30 a.m. to hear host Dr. Berland discuss National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day with special guests from AAKP! and another special guest.  Learn why hyperkalemia (high potassium) is an important topic for kidney patients.  If you are not a SiriusXM subscriber, click here and sign-up for a free trial.

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For more information on Potassium and Kidney Disease, visit www.AAKP.org

This inaugural National Hyperkalemia Awareness Day Campaign is proudly supported by an educational donation from Relypsa, Inc.