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Can there be a link between hypothyroidism and high potassium?

Can there be a link between hypothyroidism and high potassium?

See below: I am not aware of the relationship unless they are taking a medication for the hypothyroidism which as a side effect causes an elevation of their potassium.

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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For 2 yrs have had high potassium and low sodium and have hypothyroid but TSH levels okay with meds, what could be wrong?

For 2 yrs have had high potassium and low sodium and have hypothyroid but TSH levels okay with meds, what could be wrong?

Low Cortisol: Someone with one autoimmune condition (including most people with hypothyroidism) are at somewhat higher risk to have another autoimmune condition. One possibility here is addison's disease (adrenal failure), in which the antibodies attack the adrenals, causing low levels of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, which can result in high potassium & low sodium.

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Last time my levels were checked my UN was at 3, and my potassium was at 2.1. I have been checked for diabetes. I am 8 mths pregnant & hypothyroidism.

Low Potassium: It is important you discuss your low Potassium levels with your doctor so that this can be treated. I am not sure what UN stands for. Low Potassium levels require treatment

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My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

Hard to say: Random test results reported with no history or exam findings make it impossible to decide if they are important or not. The normal values vary sometimes by age and we don't know if the report used proper kid or adult standards.You should review these with whoever ordered them.

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What does high potassium mean?

What does high potassium mean?

Higher than normal: Usual lab potassium normal range is 3.8--5.0. May be slightly different from laboratory to laboratory. Any potassium level above that is considered high and has to be evaluation. Potassium above 5.5 meq/l is usually considered critically high.

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What to do to lower high potassium?

What to do to lower high potassium?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist. Please see this website for info on low potassium diet. http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm.

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What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

None or death: There are no symptoms from high potassium and, if you have normal kidney function, you can't get a high potassium unless you purposefully overdose on medication. When potassium becomes approximately twice the normal concentration, the heart stops. No warning. Just stops. (potassium is used in executions).

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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions.

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Does lemonade has high potassium?

Does lemonade has high potassium?

Lemons have some K+: Lemons have around 80mg potassium per serving. Other foods have higher potassium content like broccoli (468mg/ serving) or bananas (462mg/ serving). Lemonade potassium content would depend on if real lemons were used, how many were used and how much of the lemonade you consume.

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Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Yes: If the kidneys are not working and you are not making urine, and the potassium is very high dialysis would be needed to remove potassium.

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What could the doctors do if you have a high potassium?

High potassium: In medical jargon it is called hyperkalemia. In an emergency, we use different medications including diuretics (lasix), potassium binders (kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate)), IV insulin with 50% dextrose IV, and IV fluids, if not responding to these interventions will do dialysis as a last resort. If you have chronically high potassium levels kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is often recommended in addition to a low potassium diet.

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Should i avoid high potassium foods on losartan?

Possibly: Losartan can raise blood levels of potassium and therefore avoiding high dietary potassium intake would be advisable especially if there is any underlying kidney disease. Labs are usually done to evaluate potassium and kidney function.

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Which foods high potassium intake?

Many foods: Salamualaikum! These include sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, bananas, yogurt, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, fish, soybeans, winter squash, milk, orange juice.

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I got high potassium can I eat meat or chicken?

I got high potassium can I eat meat or chicken?

Yes: Avoid the following: potatoes, tomato juice/sauce, oranges, bananas, peanut butter, much squash/zucchini, & raisin. You cannot eat potassium free diet. But you can minimize it and follow with your doc on the trend. Many of the times, the high potassium is due to medication. Ask your doc if this is the case.

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more