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Can hyperkalemia be prevented?

Hyperkalemia is a life-threatening condition that can sometimes be prevented. Acute and chronic kidney disease are the most common causes of too much potassium in the blood. Individuals receiving dialysis can help prevent the buildup of too much potassium in the blood by adhering to their scheduled treatment times. Alcohol and recreational drugs can damage the kidneys and raise the risk for hyperkalemia. Close monitoring of medications and regular blood tests to check for kidney function and potassium levels in the blood will help prevent the condition. Avoid the overuse of potassium supplements and foods high in potassium. Individuals with diabetes should control their condition to avoid acidosis, which results in too much potassium in the blood. Injuries can damage the kidney and lead to hyperkalemia, so use basic safety precautions when engaging in risky activities.

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