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What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more


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What causes low potassium? What are the symptoms of low potassium?

Low potassium: There are many causes of a low blood potassium level. It can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic use, antibiotics such as penicillin, low magnesium blood levels, increased sweating and hyperaldosteronism or conn's syndrome. See your physician to arrive the correct diagnosis in your case. ...Read more

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Causes of low testosterone?

Causes of low testosterone?

Sleep Deprivation: Besides aging, the two most common causes i see of secondary hypogonadism are sleep deprivation and vegetarianism. So, get a good night's sleep and eat meat. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

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. ...Read more

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What causes low potassium?

What causes low potassium?

Medications: Not enough potassium in your diet, urinar losses in potassium, medications, certain endocrine disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

Suspect hyperaldo: High blood pressure with low blood potassium levels brings the potential diagnosis of elevated aldosterone level (hyperaldosteronism) as a possibility. There may be other reasons- for example if you are taking a BP medication that may cause low potassium levels but your BP is still elevated. This finding requires a proper medical evaluation and lab analysis. ...Read more

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Symptoms of low potassium?

Symptoms of low potassium?

Usually none.: One can suspect low potassium by a clinical history or by abnormalities on the ekg but there are usually no symptoms. People who take Benazepril often run potassium on the higher side of normal. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it: potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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Symtems of low potassium?

Electrical: The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness). The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read more

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What causes high levels of iron in body?

What causes high levels of iron in body?

Depends: 1 excess intake 2 hemochromatosis, a condition leading to accumulation of iron. Treated with medications and phlebotomy, or periodic removal of blood. ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause high levels of B12 in blood?

Can dehydration cause high levels of B12 in blood?

No: Chronic myelogeneous leukemia, promyelocytic leukemia, polycythemia vera and also the hypereosinophilic syndrome can result in elevated levels of B12 mostly from increased production of haptocorrin. In addition, because the liver stores b12, liver diseases such as acute hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and metastatic liver disease can also cause a rise in serum b12. ...Read more

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Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

Possibly: Iron deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue, which can feel like body aches. Other symptoms can be pale skin, dizziness, decreased exercise tolerance and irritability. If you think this describes how you're feeling you can see your physician and they will run blood work to check for you. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of high levels of protein in urine?

What are possible causes of high levels of protein in urine?

See Nephrologist: 3 levels of protein in urine: microalbuminuria--less than 300 mg a day tubular--300-1000 mg a day nephrotic--more than 3500 if there is blood in the urine you may have a glomerulonephritis and this may be a very serious condition that causes rapid loss of kidney function. In general the more protein in the urine the worse the prognosis. There are too many diagnosis to list. You need a workup. ...Read more

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What causes increase of potassium in urine?

Intake: Kidneys regulate potassium on daily basis dependingon the intake. It is common to see high urine potassium if the intake of potassium is high. However if the urine potassium is high in the face of low blood level of potassium, it must be investigated. ...Read more

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What are causes of low oxygen in elderly?

What are causes of low oxygen in elderly?

Not normal: As we age, our lungs become less elastic and with aging changes, there is less transfer of oxygen, so more likely to have low oxygen levels. However, healthy elderly will not manifest with low oxygen levels unless there is underlying lung disease(ie emphysema) or an illness(ie pneumonia). If one is bedbound, there maybe less useable lung space, and lower oxygen levels may occur. ...Read more

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Common causes of low body temperature?

Common causes of low body temperature?

Many: Low body temperature may be due to exposure to cold conditions, infections that lead to sepsis, use of alcohol or other drugs in the setting of cold conditions, adrenal, pituitary, or thyroid gland dysfunction, acute brain injuries such as stroke or trauma, spinal cord injury, or brain tumor. Low body temperature is defined as body temperature less than 36 degrees celcius or 95 degrees farenheit. ...Read more

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Low rbc, low hgb, low hct, low mchc. Other tests are normal, whats the problem? What causes the low results?

Low rbc, low hgb, low hct, low mchc. Other tests are normal, whats the problem? What causes the low results?

Anemia of low iron: The blood results you describe would go along with iron deficiency anemia and in a person of your age likely due to not enough iron intake to make back the red cells you lose during your period. You do not give the actual numbers or the reason you had the testing. Taking iron pills and eating deep green veggies would be what is needed. Ask your MD if iron deficiency is the cause. Too much iron bad ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

Crohn desease: or inflam bowel disease--here inflamed colon loses its ability to absorb salt and water and potassium excretion in the lumen is decreases so there is metabolic alkalosis due to volume depletion and potassium loss in this case taking pedialyte should not hurt but is poorly absorbed ...Read more

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Transgender-man2fem-is there a bloodworkless way to tell weakness/fatigue caused by electrolyte imbalance(aldactone) vs muscle loss/low testosterone?

Transgender-man2fem-is there a bloodworkless way to tell weakness/fatigue caused by electrolyte imbalance(aldactone) vs muscle loss/low testosterone?

No: For what you've listed, you need labs eg blood needs to be drawn. However, do know that there are other reasons for weakness & fatigue such as medications, supplements (see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/09/tests-find-synthetic-stimulants-iforce-nutrition-dexaprine-xr/8905197/ for example of adulterated stuff), thyroid, depression, etc. Best to discuss your concerns w/your doc. ...Read more

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What causes low white bloodcells (3.6)and low platelets (135)? Blood clotting, fasting sugar, thyroid, electrolytes, kidney and liver function are normal.

What causes low white bloodcells (3.6)and low platelets (135)? Blood clotting, fasting sugar, thyroid, electrolytes, kidney and liver function are normal.

These are: Lowish but not low enough to do anything but repeat the test. The issue is why were they drawn? Higher WBC counts indicate infection, low counts of one element ( red cell, white cell or platelets) can be a variety of things for each from lack of production to excess destruction, to crowding out by other things. Too much to detail here, repeat the test and call your doctor. ...Read more

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I have low electrolytes what does it means?

Low electrolytes: You may have a low sodium, Potassium Chloride or calcium levels in your blood. The first 3 could be seen in someone taking diuretics. Please provide more information for a better answer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my electrolytes are low?

Hard to know: If you were told you had "low electrolytes", some abnormal values were likely found on your blood chemistry. Most often the test will include sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, glucose, calcium, and magnesium. Electrolytes can be caused by renal dysfunction or certain meds. Recommend discussing results with the ordering MD or your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your electrolytes are low?

What does it mean if your electrolytes are low?

See below: Please specify, sodium pottssium etc both can be low if you are taking diuretics.There are many electrolytes such as calcium magnesium, and each has specific symptoms. ...Read more

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What would typically be done or prescribed if my electrolytes are low? Thanks

Find the cause. : Electrolyte abnormalities can be a result of diet, medications, gi, hormonal, or kidney issues. See a doctor who can order tests to determine the reason for your specific electrolyte losses and come up with a plan to treat the underlying cause. Sometimes appropriate electrolyte replacement is helpful, but treating the primary condition would offer definitive correction of the disorder. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some key symptoms to electrolyte imbalance and what causes electrolyte imbalance?

Many:: Irregular heartbeat. Weakness. Bone disorders. Twitching. Blood pressure changes. Confusion. Seizures. Numbness. these are just a few causes: dehydration, medications, poor diet, kidney disease to name a few ...Read more

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Does acquired long at need treating? No one knows why I had it once but it's suspected the cause is electrolyte. i had no symptoms at the time either

Does acquired long at need treating? No one knows why I had it once but it's suspected the cause is electrolyte. i had no symptoms at the time either

Unclear. Please...: The subject and specifics of this question is in-explicit and unclear so I couldn't answer it for you. Please write this Q with clearer specifics and relevance, and my colleagues or I will be abler to offer specific answer to the point meeting what you need. Best wish. ...Read more

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Low c3c and c4c dropped had severe IBS attack where I barely ate for awhile affected electrolytes could that affect c3c etc?

Low c3c and c4c dropped had severe IBS attack where I barely ate for awhile affected electrolytes could that affect c3c etc?

IBS: I'm not aware of complement c3c or c4c being affected by irritable bowel syndrome. I doubt it would change secondary to dehydration due to low oral intake from an ibs attack. With ibs, most lab evals are normal (although mild dehydration could affect the electrolytes). ...Read more