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Low potassium 3mmol/l for the last month? Have been eating high potassium foods and it has not increased?

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

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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What foods are low in potasium? My last blood test last friday, my potassium was really high.

What foods are low in potasium? My last blood test last friday, my potassium was really high.

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

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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

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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 ?

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
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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

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Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

No: Low magnesium can cause low calcium + low potassium. Diuretics can cause high calcium and low potassium. Are you on any meds? ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have low potassium and high calcium?

Is it dangerous to have low potassium and high calcium?

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

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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

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

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Why do people with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Why do people with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Several reasons: Low cortisol is the definition of adrenal insufficiency. High k is due to a combination of aldosterone deficiency in true primary ai (addison's) and dehydration. ...Read more

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Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

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

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Why would someone with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Addison's disease: Patients with addison's disease have a low cortisol level since the adrenal glands do not produce it. They have high potassium levels because their adrenal glands do not produce aldosterone, which helps the body get rid of potassium in the kidney. ...Read more

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High potassium & low creatine. I know it has to do with kidneys but what can this mean?

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

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Why have I been told that I have high potassium and low function kidneys. I have normal creatinine. What is wrong with me.

Why have I been told that I have high potassium and low function kidneys. I have normal creatinine. What is wrong with me.

Creatinine: If you have a normal creatinine by definition your kidney function should be normal Although creatinine is based on muscle mass If you have low muscle mass having a so called normal creatinine you still could have abnormal renal function ...Read more

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

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

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Bloodwork showed high IgA, high glucose, low potassium, high hb1ac?

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

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What food is high in carbs and potassium, but low on sodium and calories?

Most grains.: Most grains are high in carbs and low in sodium, unless added. All are high in potassium. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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What can cause low blood potassium and high potassium in urine? No diuretic taking.

Varies: Diuretics are very common.
Any other medication?
Nephroparhy with potassium loss.
Some adrenal issues.
Need full history and exams and imaging ...Read more

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If someone had high or low potassium blood levels wouldn't an EKG show something abnormal?

Sometimes: As potassium goes up, often the t-waves will go up in what is usually described as "peaked." a potential negative amplitude u-wave may show itself with low potassium. ...Read more

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Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

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

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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

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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My aunt just had a surgery and prescribed with atacand (candesartan) 16mg. She had a low potassium, high kreatine level and kidney problem. Pls advise if it's ok?

Atacand (candesartan) may not be..: The best choice when renal problems already exist. Labetolol and calcium channel blockers, and/or hydralizine may be better options. At this point I would recommend seeing a nephrologist! ...Read more

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