National High Potassium Awareness Day

National HIGH POTASSIUM Awareness Day

Join together on May 1st (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 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 High Potassium Awareness Day!

  • What: National High Potassium 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 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!


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
  • Infographic
  • Pocket Guide


Register for the National High Potassium Day educational webinar that will take place on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about Potassium and Kidney Disease!  Speakers include an esteemed panel of medical professionals and patients.


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Help Make it Official

Help us make National High Potassium Awareness Day an official awareness day by sending a proclamation letter to your State Governor.

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Kidney Patients share their High Potassium story

For more information on Potassium and Kidney Disease, visit or the AAKP High Potassium Educational web page.

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