NATIONAL HIGH POTASSIUM AWARENESS DAY IS 5.1.22 - SAVE THE DATE
Join together on May 1 (5.1) each year to learn and share knowledge about HIGH POTASSIUM, also known as HYPERKALEMIA! 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 decreases 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).
Watch our 2021 webinar to learn more about the importance of potassium.
WHAT: National High Potassium Awareness Day
WHEN: Save the date for the next National High Potassium Awareness Day on Sunday, May 1, 2022. (Why May 1? 5.1 mEg/L. is the blood potassium level to be under in order to be in the SAFE range.)
WHY: To educate and share knowledge about high potassium (hyperkalemia) and kidney disease.
WHO: National High Potassium 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 - stay tuned to this webpage and our social media channels for details! Access educational materials about high potassium below.
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High Potassium Educational Resources
Learn about high potassium all year by reading and sharing these education resources! Our resources include:
- Video: The Cooking Docs answers patient questions on high potassium
- Video: The Cooking Doc makes potassium-friendly pizza recipe
- Potassium Fact Sheet: English, Spanish
- Potassium Infographic: English, Spanish
- Pocket Guide to Managing High Potassium
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