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A 34-year-old member asked:

please tell me what does high potassium in blood work mean?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
INPUT-OUTPUT: High levels of potassium can occur due to increased intake of high potassium containing foods, nutritional supplements etc 2. Changes in acid base balance in the body 3. Decreased excretion of the potassium by the kidneys. Most often, it is a combination of 2 or more causes.Very frequently, kidney is always one of the culprits.If you have this problem, please consult md.
Dr. Raja-elie Abdulnour
Critical Care 18 years experience
Above normal range : Potassium is a natural element important for bodily functions. The body regulates its blood levels very tightly. Too high or too low causes problems, such as heart rhythm (life threatening). High levels in blood can be caused by a multitude of things. Common and important causes are: kidney disease, medication side effect, acidity in blood... First thing to do is confirm by repeating the bloodwork.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up.
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Can you explain the difference between potassium citrate and potassium carbonate?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Different salts: Both are salts of potassium. One contains carbonate the other citrate. Potassium is the primary ingredient in both n.
A 19-year-old member asked:

On february 23 of 2011nowhere I went to the hospital for having low potassium. And im fully recovered, but when I drink soda I start to get dizzy why?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Unclear to me why: This should not be related to history of low potassium although you need yearly lab to make sure that you do not have that again. Why is being dizzy with soda intake? Could it be related to abdominal distension or ulcer disease? Unclear. Need to check with a doctor who knows your medical history and your vital signs to be able to get a better answer.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

Can hyperthyroidism flush out potassium from my body?

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Yes: Yes, especially if the hyperthyroidism leads to diarrhea....A common cause of low potassium.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When taking a diuretic, do you need to also take a potassium supplement?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the specific diuretic you are taking. Some diuretics waste more potassium than others. Also if you are taking a potassium sparing diuretic you may not need extra potassium. Either way tou should have your potassium levels monitored.

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