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A 42-year-old female asked:

why is potassium is important ?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Potassium has many critical functions throughout the body. The following 2 websites give details as well as good sources in diet: http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/potassium-000320.Htm http://www.Natural-health-information-centre.Com/potassium.Html.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is the potassium a nutrient?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Potassium: Yes. Potassium is a vital nutrient for the human body.
A 41-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
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.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest how to lower my potassium level?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist. Please see this website for info on low potassium diet. http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

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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.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

If someone's potassium is high how can reduce it?

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause. If it is from taking too much supplemental potassium, stopping the extra potassium will allow the body to regulate itself. If it is from kidney disease there are some medications like furosemide that will cause potassium to be lost in the urine at a higher rate. If the potassium is very high and the kidney function is poor, dialysis may be needed.

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