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Potassium level is 5.9. How to make it normal in blood ?

I am 58 years old ,diabetic ,tested my blood and found that every thing is ok but potassium level is 5.9 which is high please give me hints to make it normal in blood
Asked On : Mon, 27 Dec 2010
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Low and high potassium are dangerous to heart. Management of high and low potassium should be closed monitored and the medications given only tell the defect is corrected. K-BIND sachets decrease absorption. But they should be used with our doctor prescription and monitoring the Blood potassium. Ask doctor for prescription and repeat the blood test.

There diuretics medications meaning which increases urine output. When on these medicines, patients loose sodium and potassium. But this medicine is Blood pressure medicines. It can be used if you have Blood pressure.

Insulin itself decreases potassium. So you can request long acting insulin in smaller doses which decreases potassium.

But My best options are two.
1. Avoid diet high in Potassium. 2.
HIGH potassium DIet:
All meats, poultry and fish are high in potassium.
Apricots (fresh more so than canned)
Avocado
Banana
Cantaloupe
Honeydew
Kiwi
Lima beans
Milk
Oranges and orange juice
Potatoes (can be reduced to moderate by soaking peeled, sliced potatoes overnight before cooking)
Prunes
Spinach
Tomatoes
Vegetable juice
Winter squash

MODERATE Potassium Diet

These foods can be a large part of most people's balanced nutrition plan. Persons restricting their potassium might be cautioned to include no more than one or two servings from this list per day, depending on their medical restrictions.
Apple juice
Asparagus
Beets
Blackberries
Broccoli
Carrots
Cherries
Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Green peas
Loose-leaf lettuce
Mushrooms, fresh
Onions
Peach
Pears
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Strawberries
Summer squash, including zucchini
Tangerines
Watermelon

LOW potassium DIet

These foods give less electrolyte value per serving for people who need to increase their potassium levels.

They should be a major part of the menu plan for people limiting their intake.

Apples

Bell peppers

Blueberries

Cabbage

Cranberries

Cranberry juice

Cucumber

Fruit cocktail

Grapes

Green beans

Iceberg lettuce

Mandarin oranges, canned

Mushrooms

Peaches, canned

Pineapple, fresh

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Regards, Dr. Jagdish
Answered: Mon, 27 Dec 2010
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