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what to do if i have been told that my potassium level is low, what type of health problems can this cause?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Low potassium: Mild hypokalemia (H) is often without symptom and can occasionally provoke cardiac arrhythmias and may cause muscle weakness, myalgia, and muscle cramps and constipation. More severe H can cause paralysis. Find out why you have a low potassium level. At times, it is caused by a magnesium (M) deficiency, due to diuretics, and the H will not correct until the M level is brought to normal.
Dr. Reem Raafat
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 32 years experience
Muscle weakness : Low potassium affect muscle contraction. You get muscle weakness that can be severe where you can't walk. In very low potassium level the heart muscle can be affected and sudden death can occur. You have to be on treatment and to find the reason for your low levels.

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Is the potassium a nutrient?

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How will I know if my potassium levels are too low or high?

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Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems.
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How can I keep my potassium levels from getting too high?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice.
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Bloodtest said my potassium level was high what can the side effects fromthis be?

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Dr. James Cunnar
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May be error: Elevated potassium can be cause by any number of things. A common cause of a blood sample that wasn't prepared correctly. If the blood sample was hemolyzed, potassium levels can rise. Certain medicines can cause elevated potassium. Side effects are minimal. High levels of potassium can cause heart rhythm problems. Make sure you follow up with your physician.
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What are some foods that have potassium in it?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Fruits and veggies: Cantelope, oranges, bannanas, watermelon, tomatoes.Potatoes, .

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