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Can poor diet, excessive water intake, and frequent alcohol cause hypokalemia over an extended period of time?
A Simple T/F Test: If given a True/False Test about this question what would you answer?In any event you'd at least have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.Now given that any bad behavior over an extended period of time could have many adverse outcomes,would that influence your anwser?And given that you get potassium from FOOD and alcohol and water will flush stuff out of your body,what might your answer now be? ...Read more
SX of low K: Based on following thousands with low K I can list 1. Fatigue 2. Muscle cramps 3. Brain fog 4. Getting up at night to pee more than once. 5. Paralysis 6. Irregular heart beats 7 Glucose intolerance aka diabetes but this is a sign. 8. If caused by excess aldo: high blood pressure but not a symptom it is a sign. 9. If 8 then headaches. 10. Heart failure. 11. Drop dead. Find cause and correct it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diuretic, diarrhea..: Above are two common causes of hypokalemia. Types and doses of diuretics typically used today do not lead to low potassium. However, meds are complicated. Some hypertensive meds (arb's, ace's) can lead to higher levels, some diuretics (spironolactone) also can. So follow doc's directions and have blood tested at least every 4 months. Diarrhea-can lose large amt k+, causes death in cholera. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Your Doctor: Recurrent hypokalemia can be a serious problem that causes weakness or possibly heart arrythmias. It is usually caused by an excessive release of potassium through urination or by excessive diarrhea. In nay respect, there may be underlying kidney issues or a medication that could be causing this recurrent issue. Therefore you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer