Doctor insights on:
Adequate Calcium And Potassium Intake
Is there a blood test that shows if your calcium intake is sufficient? Does it need to be combined with Vitamin D as well?
Low levels of electrolytes in your system can contribute to leg cramps, especially calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium. A prenatal vitamin can usually provide enough of these elements to prevent cramping, but adding an extra supplement or foods rich in calcium and potassium can help to ...Read more
Many foods: Salamualaikum! These include sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, bananas, yogurt, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, fish, soybeans, winter squash, milk, orange juice. ...Read more
Only if potassium: Is low. If there is another cause, it won't affect it. ...Read more
Taking potassium supplements as fludrocortisone lowers it to 3, on 70meq its 4.1. If potassium intake was high would body excrete it effectively?
Yes, if: If you have normal renal function, yes, your kidneys will remove any excess. ...Read more
What is a reason that patients may need to limit potassium intake, and what is a reason they may need to have a high potassium diet?
Nephrologist: One limits potassium intake when there is deficient handling of the potassium by the kidneys as in kidney failure.One increases potassium intake when the losses exceeds intake as in diuretic use, diarrhea etc. It is best to discuss with nephrologist about the potassium problems. ...Read more
How do I maintain the recommended daily potassium intake of 4, 700mg, when supplements only have 99mg/cap! How's it possible through diet/supplements?
Can do via diet but: While 4700 mg/day is recommended, the average man gets 3200 & woman 2400 in the US, so some believe 4700 is over-ambitious. Supps only have 99mg because higher doses irritate stomachs. Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, avocado & fruit are among the best sources. See http://tinyurl. Com/k3jfd5r & http://tinyurl. Com/yp35vj for more on sources & and http://tinyurl. Com/l6fcw3d for a debate on the RDI. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My potassium in a cmp typically runs low around a 3.0-3.6. Can I fix this by just increasing my potassium intake by like drinking orange juice daily?
Not necessarily.: Kidney stone formers often have elevated levels of calcium in the urine and calcium lowering medications can help them. However, reducing calcium in the diet is not recommended and does not seem to prevent stones. Excessive intake may predispose to stones, but there is no evidence that it will cause them. If you have a prior history of stone, taking the regular usrda of calcium is recommended. ...Read more
A high calcium diet: If you want to keep it simple a high calcium diet. If this is difficult to do, then calcium supplements would help. Not sure why calcium in general with "agitate" your kidneys, unless you are worried about stones. And if that's the case, if the stones are calcium oxalate, high calcium diet should sequester some of the oxalate in your GI tract and decrease your risk of them. ...Read more
Calcium is important: As a pregnant woman, you should get 1500 mg of calcium daily in 3 separated doses. This is more for you than for your baby since the baby will take whatever it needs from your system if you don't have enough. You should also make sure that you have enough vitamin d. The only sources are sun and pills. If you live in the midwest or are a woman of color you need about 1-2, 000 units daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calcium intake from food is generally good (i.E. 3 cups of milk or yogurt). Took 2 Tums (calcium carbonate) for indigestion. What's the effect of excess calcium on fetus?
I am 60 and was told I need 1000 mg calcium intake daily. Can I take 500 mg calcium pills daily and balance food. Is calcium magnesium pill better?
Calcium balance: Current guidelines state that a person should not take more than 1000 mg of calcium in tablet form per day, and that dietary calcium is healthier form of calcium than tablet calcium. If your target is 1000 mg total, I recommend one tablet of calcium-magnesium (yes is better) and then get the rest of your total calcium target from food. Consult a nutrition counter for mg calcium in each food ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet: It's most important to get great calcium in your diet if possible and avoid supplements. Recent evidence has shown that taking increased amounts of calcium don't necessarily help, and can lead to conditions such as kidney stones. 1000mg or so of calcium and 600-800 of vitamin d are common amounts recommended. But as I said, best is to get in diet. Look on-line for calcium rich foods. ...Read more
What may cause slightly below norm blood calcium levels over multiple years in a F 27yo with osteoperosis but good calcium intake & sun exposure?
Complex!: A 27 y.o. with osteoporosis immediately raises the concern for further evaluation. Given a history of an eating disorder if this is still present the Ca on lab reports may not be accurate as the level is effected by Albumin levels which are often low in people with eating disorders causing the Ca to appear low. Can check free Ca. Also need to look at Phos, Mag, Vit D (make sure on enough), iPTH. ...Read more