NATIONAL HIGH POTASSIUM AWARENESS DAY IS 5.1.22
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).
WHAT: National High Potassium Awareness Day
WHEN: 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 - read below four easy ways you can get involved.
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Here are four easy ways you can get involved
LEARN & SHARE High Potassium Educational Resources
- Toolkit - use this campaign toolkit to promote National High Potassium Awareness Day on social media and in your publications: English, Spanish
- Video: The Cooking Docs answers patient questions on high potassium
- Video: The Cooking Doc makes potassium-friendly pizza recipe
- Quiz: Test Your Knowledge - Take A Potassium Quiz
- Potassium Fact Sheet: English, Spanish
- Potassium Infographic: English, Spanish
- Pocket Guide to Managing High Potassium
- Article: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Potassium, by Carol Feibig, MS, RD, LD, CCTD
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ATTEND A VIRTUAL EVENT
Each year we host a free, virtual event to help kidney patients and caregivers learn about high potassium. This year's event was held on Friday, April 29, 2022. The event recording is now available to watch on YouTube.
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 email us and get started with your proclamation letter today.
Kidney Patients Share Their High Potassium StorIES
Click below to visit our blog articles to read about fellow patients and how they have dealt with high potassium in their kidney journey.
NEW RELEASE - AAKP Delicious! 6th Edition Kidney-friendly recipes
Exciting news! The sixth edition of AAKP Delicious! recipes is being released as part of this year’s National High Potassium Awareness Day campaign. The 12 all new kidney-friendly recipes are FREE to download via PDF and include a video tutorial. Each recipe also includes an educational potassium check box to help you learn more about potassium in the foods that you eat.