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Can foods high in potassium cause hyperkalemia?

Hyperkalemia is a term for high levels of potassium in the blood. This condition usually results from diseases and conditions that affect the functioning of the kidney. Healthy kidneys are able to excrete excess potassium to keep the levels within a narrow range. Individuals with compromised kidney function are unable to keep potassium levels from going too high. For these individuals, foods and supplements high in potassium can cause hyperkalemia.

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