Top
10
Doctor insights on: Hypokalemia

Share
Dr. Clarence Grim
256 doctors shared insights

Hypokalemia (Overview)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below 3.5 are called hypokalemia.


1

1
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
256 doctors shared insights

Hypokalemia (Overview)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below 3.5 are called hypokalemia.


3

3
Treating Low Potassium (Tip)

Treating Low Potassium

Ask your doctor if your medications can raise or lower your potassium levels. ...See more

6

6
Treating Low Potassium (Tip)

Treating Low Potassium

Treat the cause such as diarrhoea and change or stop offending medication. May need supplemention either orally or by I.V. ...See more

7

7
If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
What are the endocrinal test to be done to know the cause of my hypokalemia?

See below: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosteone levels. Sometimes urine aldosterone levels or cortisol levels. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Treating Low Potassium (Tip)

Treating Low Potassium

Dried fruits, especially apricots, are high in potassium. ...See more