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The Role Potassium Plays to Lower Blood Pressure

By:  Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

When it comes to lowering blood pressure, most of us know we should eat less sodium, lose weight, and exercise.  However, getting enough potassium in our diets is often overlooked.

How does potassium help lower blood pressure?  It has two main functions:

  1. The more potassium we consume, the more sodium is excreted through urine and out of the body, and
  2. Potassium helps relax blood vessel walls, which helps lower blood pressure.

For these reasons, along with eating less sodium, it is recommended that most adults eat 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day.  A word of caution, if you have kidney disease, please talk to your doctor before eating more potassium.

To get more potassium from you diet:

  • Eat 5 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  All fruits and vegetables have some potassium.  The highest in potassium are Sweet Potatoes, Greens, Spinach, Lima Beans, Peas, Bananas, Tomatoes, Oranges and Orange Juice, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons, Raisins and Dates.
  • Eat 2 to 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free Milk or Yogurt per day.
  • Eat Fish 2 to 3 times a week.

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month.  Set a goal today to get your blood pressure under control by eating less sodium and more POTASSIUM!

Honoring Dr. Charlie Crews

During the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s dinner and talk with USC baseball coach Ray Tanner last week, the hospital paid special tribute to a key person in its history, Dr. Charlie Crews.

Dr. Crews was the first surgeon at Lexington Medical Center when the hospital opened in 1971. Today, Dr. Crews is 93-years-old. Long after his retirement, he and his wife Dot, a former nurse, remain long-standing and loyal members of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.

LMC President and CEO Mike Biediger, standing with coach Ray Tanner and USC President Harris Pastides, presented a resolution to Dr. Crews honoring his service to Lexington Medical Center.

Here is an excerpt from the resolution:

“In Testimony Whereof Know that Dr and Mrs. Charles F. Crews are recognized and honored for outstanding contributions to their community. Their tireless efforts and leadership throughout the Midlands have made it possible for quality health care to be provided.”

Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Crews.

USC Baseball Coach Delivers Home Run Speech About National Championship Win

National championship winning University of South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 600 people at an event benefiting the Lexington Medical Center Foundation on August 31st. The hometown hero delivered a home run speech with humor and inspiration about his team’s journey to victory.