Count the Potassium Content in your Sankranti favourites and Say No to Hyperkalemia

I am sure all are aware of the famous harvest festival is celebrated across the country of India, Makar Sankranti is locally termed as Poush Sankranti in West Bengal and Assam, Pongal in Tamil Nadu. It might be called by different names but the theme is same everywhere. Food is one of India’s biggest obsession that defines our identity and personality to the point of delight as well as ridicule. In India, rituals, puja and the traditional customs revolve around special dishes that are cooked specially for Sankranti. Gokul Pithe, Dudh Puli, Pongal, Til ke laddo are few of the famous dishes cherished during this time. In Bengal and being a Bengali, Pithe and payesh are emotions of this festival. The two most common ingredients that are used in all these Sankranti delicacies are jaggery (gur) and coconut. Do you know both of these ingredients are high in potassium content and should be avoided by renal people suffering from kidney disease?

It was during Sankranti a few years back; I faced a helpless situation. Tara, a middle-aged woman met with a fatal incident. She was with her relatives and was celebrating Posh Sankranti. She was a stage 3 CKD patient. Being unaware of potassium imbalance she gave in to her cravings and shad a few narkel nadu and the enticing pithe famous in Sankranti. She was always fond of sweets and totally ignored that she was on a restricted diet.

After few hours she felt a sudden chest discomfort and numbness in her feet and hands. Her family was quick enough to admit her to the hospital. She was suffering from irregular heart beat which if left unattended can cause cardiac arrest. Not all are as lucky as Tara. Survival rate in cardiac arrest is just 12%. Many of my patients every year die because of cardiac arrest due to high potassium level in blood. Does your potassium level shoot up too often? Are you aware of the symptoms of hyperkalemia? Do you what are the causes of hyperkalemia? I am offering a round the clock FREE webinar on Hyperkalemia where I am going to discuss important facts on hyperkalemia. You can join the webinar from the button below

Renal patients need to follow a strict diet that keeps a check on some nutrients which tend to bulk up in the body when kidneys are not functioning properly. And potassium is one such nutrient which needs to be maintained in a very stringent level of 3.5-5.5 mEq/L. Potassium is a nutrient that is available in most of the foods we eat. It is often difficult to keep track of the food list to avoid or sometimes you might just be too tempted to avoid it. You are not alone. Many of my patients, every year fall prey to potassium imbalance and suffer cardiac arrest. Do you know about simple ways to manage hyperkalemia today?

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This Sankranti, for a change count the potassium content in the special dishes you taste. A virtual tool will 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. To all my readers today am offering this calculator at zero cost. Click the button below to use the calculator for 7 days FREE

Being a Nephrologist and serving my patients for years, I do empathise with them and to end their emotional burden and confusion when it comes to food, 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 online round the clock 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. Work with your doctor and dieticians to create a potassium management plan that works best for you and avoid unnecessary disasters.

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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