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Please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with low potassium.

18 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moji Ariyo
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Ignore: Eat potassium rich foods like bananas, plantains, kiwi fruit, avocado, dried apricots/ figs/peaches.
Dr. Donna Hanes
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Ignore: Eats lots of bananas (they provide 1 meq/inch of potassium) , tomatoes and potatoes.
Dr. Jill Edison
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
Ignore: If you are not taking diuretics, potassium may be lost in the stool ( diarrhea).
Dr. Mima Geere
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Ignore: Low K is often due to loss from the GI tract (not dietary reasons) or can be due to other medication.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Ignore: How am I losing potassium? How much diet potassium? How can I increase diet potassium?
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ignore: Eat plenty of bananas to raise your potassium.If too low you will need more than bananas.Get checked.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Have also magnesium checked, remember to take your supplements, do ask for a cause if known.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Ignore: Low potassium can lead to dangerous heart rhythms.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Ignore: Don't forget to keep up with your magnesium intake. As low magnesium levels can cause low potassium.
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: Take a potassium supplement and eat foods rich in potassium (bananas, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes).
Dr. Garland Martin
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ingestion: Ingestion of bananas, Gatorade or Powerade, or pickle juice will help replace lost potassium.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Ignore: Low potassium can leave you feeling weaker. Eat some bananas.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor if your medications can raise or lower your potassium levels.
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Ignore: Bananas have a lot of potassium; if ur kidneys are healthy, there's no limit to how many u can eat.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Eat: Eat high potassium foods like bananas, cantaloupes, and other melons.
Dr. Joel Gorfinkel
Cardiac Electrophysiology 57 years experience
Ignore: First, find out why. Then Ur doc can treat accordingly.Diuretic typically do this.
Dr. Ronald Hamner
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
Ignore: Avoid high heat and heavy sweating which increases potassium losses.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Ignore: Conn's hyperaldosteronism still gets overlooked as a cause.

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