Binge eating in winter? Avoid the risk of Hyperkalemia

Winter is the time of celebration and when talking about our incredible India, winters are real fun to be part of. Apart from Christmas and the extended New Year celebration, winter is the time for picnics and getaways. Some important festivals also fall in the winter time that includes Lohri, Pongal, Sankranti. Without food every occasion is incomplete. Food symbolizes family and community. Winter is such a festive season where overeating is not only encouraged rather it is a mandate. It is difficult to control or keep a check on when present at a party or gathering where everyone is partaking and encouraging you to eat more. Diet and food play a very significant part for patients with chronic diseases. Do you find it hard to meet the nutritional requirements during this festive season?

It is a challenge specially for the patients with kidney disease. Along with several other nutrients, potassium should be maintained in the range of 3.5-5.5 mEq/L. Too high or too low potassium in the blood leads to fatal consequences. Won’t it be great if technology could just tell you what to eat and what to avoid? You might feel hesitant to bother your dietician for every meal you have. We bring to you, potassium calculator. This calculator will guide you for every meal and tell you how much of potassium you are consuming in the dishes you eat. Check in this following link

Potassium is an important nutrient required by our body and is present in most of the foods. This nutrient helps in optimal functioning of cardiac muscles. The fine range of potassium is maintained by healthy kidneys. Thus, kidney patients are at high risk of potassium imbalance that can lead to fatal consequences because kidneys cannot remove the extra potassium. Hyperkalemia i.e., high potassium in the serum leads to heart attack. So, to maintain proper functioning of the heart muscles building up of potassium in the blood should be avoided.

Unfortunately, most of the winter delicacies and snacks have potassium rich ingredients that often are overlooked. Fruit cakes for Christmas is very common. Market places are flooded with these plum cakes. It is indeed difficult to take your eyes off these. Are you aware that those raisins and dry fruits used in the cakes make it potassium rich?

Jaggery commonly known as Gur is also a common ingredient in sweet dishes, especially in winter. Be it the nolen gur sondesh or the nutritious bars locally named as chikki.

Sarson ka saag called as spinach is high in potassium but unfortunately it is the core dish for north Indians for the Lohri festival. The list of dishes might be endless as India is culturally diverse. Track all the foods you eat that may contain potassium. Even a single drink or food item can make a huge difference.

There are multiple advises we often give like mentally be prepared to avoid binge eating, do not stock up binge food like seasonal candies, treats and more, limit your parties and social gatherings, exercise regularly. But every time it is not always possible specially in the winter months. Many a days you might just feel to lazy to step out from your cosy blanket to exercise or your calendar reminds you that the very next day is the family picnic day. It is difficult to control such temptations. We are all humans end of the day and fall prey to temptations.

Being a Nephrologist and serving patients for years, I do empathise with them and to end their emotional burden and confusion, I worked with my team members to present to you the potassium calculator. This digital software will be your virtual guide. It will help you calculate the potassium content of an entire recipe. Our dieticians are available 24×7 online for your assistance. They will help to set your potassium allowance per day. The software will give you an alert message on the basis of this allowance range that has been set. For further help a chat box is also available that helps you to drop in your queries. I am happy to announce that this is the only potassium calculator available in the market at present. Subscribe in the link below to check your potassium allowance range today-

Apart from this is a low potassium recipe book available that brings to you 25 low potassium lip smacking recipes that any kidney patient can enjoy. The package includes detailed description of Potassium as a hemlock for CKD patients and a guide on management of hypo- and hyperkalemia. It is a complete solution to all the challenges of potassium imbalance in CKD patients. Work with your doctor and dieticians to create a potassium management plan that works best for you.

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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