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Irregular Blood Sugar Levels Due To Low Potassium
Postoperatively, what are the possible reasons for elevated blood glucose and low potassium levels after the removal of a brain tumor?
The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more
Is gavilyte-G solution safe for heart patients with chronically low potassium and low blood sugar??
Here are some...: Are you going to have colonoscopy? If so, direct this Q to your doctor who will perform it since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. Generally speaking, follow the written instruction + common sense will suit most of people. In reality, despite exercising all precaution, some adverse effects may still occur to few because behind what we know still hides the unknown ...Read more
II eat no more 20 carbs a day. My blood sugars have been in the 50's, 60's & 70's. Can low potassium cause low blood sugar readings or my carb intake?
It's lack of carbs: Why limit your carbs to 20g daily? Why are you checking your blood sugars? As you ought to know if you are doing this experiment, your body will eventually deplete its natural stores of glucose and eventually have impaired gluconeogenesis, leading to ketosis, a state that some seek for extreme weight loss, as fat is mobilized to provide alternative ketone-related energy. Be careful! Good luck ...Read more
Is potassium gluconate sugar-based? Thought 'gluco-' meant sugar... If so, will it affect my blood sugar levels?
Low potassium: You would be better off waiting for your potassium (k) levels to rise before you play soccer. The more important question is, why is your k low? Are you on any medications that would lower it, like diuretics? Do you have a low magnesium level? See a physician to get to the cause of your low k level. It is better to prevent a problem than treat it. ...Read more
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
Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high
When do you have to get IV potassium for low levels. My potassium blood level was 3.3. Sodium high 148, due to low potassium?
I have grade 2 scariolitis (as) and I take no medication. I have low hemoglobin 118, low MCH 27.2 and high RDW which came on suddenly. My blood count was normal six weeks ago, except the low potassium level of 3.3. Could I have aoi anemia or inflammation?
Fluids: Drink fluids and eat salt and potassium rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and bananas. You may need to take a potassium supplement depending on your deficit. If you don't have diarrhea, vomiting, diuretic use, or nasogastric suction, your potassium will correct itself on its own. ...Read more
Would taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and linzess everyday cause low potassium levels in blood?
If someone goes into cardiac arrest from extremely low potassium blood level. Would the defibrillator work? Or do they need the potassium
Cardiac arrest?: Defibrillator r used in case of emergency to treat a cardiac arrest but it is important to check the reasons for the arrest and correct any lab abnormality. ...Read more
I was in ER due to low potassium from blood pressure drug chlorlithidone to find also I was over medicated on Synthroid (thyroxine) to how long till side eff gone?
Resolve quickly: Hyperthyroidism can also lower blood potassium. Some people taking Chlorthalidone need extra potassium, others don't. If your synthroid (thyroxine) dose is correctly adjusted, and if you take some extra potassium, you should be fine. If you stick with the chlorthalidone, you should use rx potassium (can't do it with bananas). May be best to use another BP medication. ...Read more
It can: The lungs would try to compensate for that making the person breathe faster ...Read more
I have low potassium and take supplements for it, but should I still get a blood test done? And would I have to stop taking them if I did?
Low potassium: You low potassium (k) is a problem. You're vomiting, that will cause a low k. You do not list that you are taking any diuretics that would lose both k and magnesium (m). Patients with m deficits have low k levels that cannot be corrected until their m is normal. There are renal losses of k that could give you a low k blood level. See you physician and find out why you are vomiting ; check k and m. ...Read more
Went to ER saturday, blood work good except low potassium. Took 40meq for three days, now back to 20. Still not feeling well, should I go back to er?
Most generally: No significant effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
This is complicated: Very low potassium can injury any cell in the body (less than 2-ish) low potassium is happening for a reason - for most people it is a problem that the kidney is excreting the potassium out of the body - many times it is caused by a medicine that makes your kidneys excrete the potassium. There are potassium sparing diuretics that help you retain potassium but needs to be prescribed and monitored. ...Read more
Useful in a pinch: Respectfully, for the reasons detailed by dr. Rubin, nebulized albuterol can be effective within 30 minutes to lower potassium by about 0.5 mmol/l. The effect lasts about 2 hours. Long enough for bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) and Insulin therapies to start working. ...Read more
Grandma lost consciousness because of low potassium and very high blood pressure. What is wrong with her?
Needs evaluation: Fainting needs full work-up and never should be overlooked. Low potassium can be related to poor potassium intake but often related to diuretic medications for high blood pressure. Adrenal hormone excess states can cause high blood pressure and low potassium. Severe low potassium states can lead to arrhythmias. ...Read more
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
I know potassium can lower blood pressure but can a symptom of low potassium be low blood pressure. Conflicting info on net?
Ignore this stuff: This is pop medicine. If your potassium is running low, it may be important to find why, especially if it is well below the reference range. Once low potassium is found, talk of symptoms is moot. And "low blood pressure" in someone who is not obviously sick is never a real problem. A good relationship with a primary care physician is something you deserve. Best wishes. ...Read more
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