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How can I keep my potassium levels from getting too high?

How can I keep my potassium levels from getting too high?

Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with ckd are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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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Spells where i sudden get tired, weak, sound is muffled, and i feel like i'm passing out. My potassium level is high (5, 4). What could be going on?

Spells where i sudden get tired, weak, sound is muffled, and i feel like i'm passing out.  My potassium level is high (5, 4). What could be going on?

Monitor: It would be informative if we knew what your heart rate and rhythm and your blood pressure were at the time of these episodes. Can you check your BP and pulse at the time? Wearing a holter monitor or a loop recorder gives info on what the heart is doing at the time of the episode. The potassium is slightly elevated but shouldn't cause those symptoms. Taking any meds causing potassium retention? ...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...: ...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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Can you get electrolyte disturbances ie low blood calcium and/or high blood potassium level While taking Magnesium Citrate 50mg 3x day Migraine Aura?

Can you get  electrolyte disturbances ie low blood calcium and/or high blood potassium level While taking Magnesium Citrate 50mg 3x day Migraine Aura?

Mag citrate: This supplement is too low of a dose to cause changes in blood calcium or potassium. Also your body has independent mechanism to regulate these electrolytes. You kidney regulate potassium levels and your body regulates calcium levels via PTH levels which affect intestional aborption, bone resorption and intestinal absortion. Mag Citrate should not alter this. ...Read more

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I have chronic kidney disease, what can I do to prevent my potassium levels from getting too high?

I have chronic kidney disease, what can I do to prevent my potassium levels from getting too high?

Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with ckd are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice. ...Read more

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What can cause high levels of potassium?

What can cause high levels of potassium?

Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...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 foods will not cause high levels of potassium?

See below: Foods low in potassium are apples, grapes, mushrooms, bell peppers and refined grains. Some of the high potassium foods are broccoli, lima beans, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, cantaloupe etc. ...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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