Hyperkalemia, a condition where potassium levels within the body rise to abnormal levels, is very common in diabetics who suffer from diabetic kidney disease or Diabetic Nephropathy. This result when persistent high blood glucose levels damage blood vessels in the kidneys and disrupt proper function of kidney filters. Hyperkalemia can be fatal or lead to sudden deaths.
According to Dr. George Bakris, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago states that high potassium levels are also found in patients with advanced kidney disease, patients with advanced diabetes with kidney disease, and patients with heart disease. For these patients, it is crucial to manage potassium levels and keep it within safe levels. However, there is yet to be an effective way to do so until now.