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@contentandwell JK. I had no ideal about potassium either. When I first went to my endocrinologist and he ran all the tests, especially the blood profile, my potassium level was out of range. Potassium is good for the body as an electrolyte and keeps muscle cramps at bay; however with diabetes, potassium outside the range is really BAD for kidneys. Since I've had some kidney problems, he told me to stop eating bananas. So I did and the next appointment, my potassium was in range. He told me a banana once in a while would be okay, but not as a regular fruit choice. Other foods are potassium sources, and I avoid them too. I don't want to weaken my kidneys any more than they already are. Ask your dr. about it. You may not have to be careful of that.
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@retiredteacher I just went and checked my test results — I have just about every test possible every month for my transplant team. My potassium is within range, going from 3.5 some months up to 3.9 sometimes. The range is 3.5 to 5.3 so bananas are definitely not a problem for me — only the carbs in them are a problem. I do try to fit them into my carb allowance because they really are good for you.

They keep an eye on my kidneys also because the immunosuppressants have made my creatinine go a bit high. I have to drink 80 – 100 ounces of water a day to keep them flushed. My creatinine number is still slightly higher than range but low enough that it is acceptable. Not much they can do about it, they have tried two different immunosuppressants and the one I am on apparently is less problematic.
JK

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