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Are Oysters High Or Low In Potassium
Low potassium 3mmol/l for the last month? Have been eating high potassium foods and it has not increased?
Need more info.:
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, chronically low potassium suggests an abnormality of adrenal cortical hormones. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. See this site
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-potassium/basics/causes/SYM-20050632 ...Read more
Is it possible to have really high potassium in your labs, but still have low magnesium? Or are the two linked?
Not directly related: Can have any variation of the two depending on food you eat and medications you take. ...Read more
HIgh potassium level: Did a doctor order your blood test? Did you speak to him? Perhaps you need to see a neprhologist to see what is causing your high potassiumn (k) level in your blood. If you have normal kidney function, your k would not be elevated. Please see a nephrologist to have an examination and take some blood work. Eating a diet low in k probably is not the answer to your high k level in your blood. ...Read more
Had bloodwork done. Potassium a little low 3.3 and glucose a little high 109. Any steps to get numbers to normal and what caused them to get this way?
Abnormal labs: You have to evaluate 2 different problems. One is your potassium (k). You may have a low k level due to a low magnesium (m) level, among other causes. Have your physician (p) check your blood for m and if it low, eat foods high in m, almonds and cashews, among others. Your glucose is high and to see if that is a problem, have your p order a hemoglobin a1c, which will tell you if you have diabetes. ...Read more
I recently have been experiencing strange health issues, had 2 blood potassium levels that were high. Now 5.0 but low sodium 133. Been felling unwell
HIgh potassium level: You lab results are a bit abnormal. It would be helpful is you could get the results of the bun, creatinine and carbon dioxide levels, as well. Ask the doctor who ordered the blood tests for you for his explanation of your lab work. He is the best position to answer your questions. ...Read more
Low potassium: Low potassium (l) can be a problem and can cause symptoms of muscle cramps and weakness and it can also cause irregular heart rhythms. L can also be due to magnesium deficiency hypercalcemia (h) can also be a serious problem. There are no benign causes of h. It can be caused by hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism, sarcodosis, among others. See a doctor to find out the cause of l and h. ...Read more
Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically, from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
One for your doctor: A low creatinine is never a cause for concern. High potassium in the absence of some sign of ill-health can be due to something as trivial as rough handling of the blood tube (hemolysis). Perhaps your physician will repeat the draw, or write off a lab that does not make sense. I trust you do not have addisonism. Good luck. ...Read more
Why have I been told that I have high potassium and low function kidneys. I have normal creatinine. What is wrong with me.
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. ...Read more
Need values: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to know the actual values. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to rule out pre-diabetes or diabetes. ...Read more
When do you have to get IV potassium for low levels. My potassium blood level was 3.3. Sodium high 148, due to low potassium?
Low potassium from poor diet. Corrected with high pot. Foods and dr said im ok. Last test 5.0. Can it get too high from food, should I eat less of it?
Very difficult: If your kidney function is normal it is difficult to "overdose" on potassium because your kidneys excrete the excess. Having said that, it would be prudent to keep your overall potassium consumption where it is right now or slightly lower to keep your potassium at about 4-4.5 meq/dl. ...Read more
I have had low potassium before, caused by ibd, I raised my levels w/ diet. If it is low again, how long should it take to improve w/ high potas. Diet?
IBD& K: It is very difficult to say how long because I don't know how much potassium your diet contains? What diet you are on? How often do you check your k? How much & how often you have ibd diarrhea. Low and high potassium are very serious. Can cause arrhythmia. Please see professional nutritionist or dietician. ...Read more
I've had a cmp done and it shows that I have high potassium, low neutrophilis, and high lymphs. I also think i havecandida what do the results indicate?
Sounds normal: The high potassium may be the result of some red blood cell breakage during the transport of the specimen, but should be considered in the context of reason for the test. The white cell (neutros and lymphs) may be normal, but again need to be interpreted in the context of reason for testing. Candida has definate symptoms and can be cultured if diagnosis is in question. ...Read more
Plz suggst diet in? Sle wid high creat>3.5 persistantly, kindly giv chrt in cals wid low prot, n low potassium n significanc of phosphorous.
Talk to your doc: You really need to speak with your nephrologist and then be referred to a nutritionist for the best information that fits your situation. ...Read more
My potassium is typically 3.5-4.0 range, last test 5.0. Possible/normal to fluctuate from low to high ends?
Yes.: Depend on intake and out take of K in the body ...Read more
Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?
Hyperparathyroidism: It means you do have Hyperparathyroidism and since you are less than 50 years old, you are a candidate for Parathyroid surgery to cure it. You need vit d supplemet depending on your level. High Pottasium level has been described with Hyperparathyroidism and may cause headace ...Read more
I recently had a physical and my WBC were low 2.98 and potassium level was high. I was told to get another blood test. Should I be concerned? Thanks
Sure...: Sure at least to follow your doctor's advice and get the recommended next blood test. Then, let's see what's found before you worry prematurely. ...Read more
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