National High Potassium Awareness Day 2021


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).

Let's learn more about the importance of potassium and share your knowledge on 5.1.21 during National High Potassium Awareness Day!

WHAT: National High Potassium Awareness Day

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021 (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 (

WHERE/HOW: There are LOTS of ways you can join in - read below!

Countdown to 5.1:


Here are 4 EASY ways you can get involved:

Download Educational Resources

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


Please join us on May 1 (5.1) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT for a free educational webinar, "Are You O-K+? The importance of Potassium Management & Kidney Disease."

Professional and patient speakers will speak about the importance of knowing your potassium level as a kidney patient. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

Miss the May 1 webinar? Click below!

Join in on Social Media

Follow us on social media!  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @areyouok5point1.

Share our posts with your social media followers! Use the hashtag: #areyouok5point1.

SEND a Proclamation letter

Help us make National High Potassium Awareness Day an official awareness day in YOUR state by sending a proclamation letter to your state governor.

Click below to get started with your proclamation letter today.

the Cooking Doc Videos for National High Potassium awareness Day Are here!

  • Watch this video of The Cooking Doc making Pepperita Pizza, a kidney-friendly recipe from the AAKP Delicious recipe series.
  • Watch this video of The Cooking Doc answering questions from kidney patients about potassium.

Read patient stories about high potassium:

Click below to visit our blog articles to read about fellow patients and how they have dealt with high potassium in their kidney journey. 

View Highlights from the 2020 National High Potassium awareness Day

For more information on potassium and kidney disease, visit or the AAKP High Potassium Educational web page.

This 2nd Annual National High Potassium Awareness Day Campaign is proudly supported by an educational donation from: