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Low Potassium Low Sodium Low Folate
Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?
Yes. : Any drink that doesn't taste like the ocean is mostly water, regardless of whether it contains sodium or not. Long distance runners can be susceptible to hyponatremia, and risk factors include long distances (marathons, ultra-marathons), women, low body weight, inadequate training, and water loading before and during the race, especially if more weight is gained by water than lost by sweat. ...Read more
Folic acid, AKA folate (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
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?
What could be the cause of chronic dehydration with slightly low potassium and sodium? I drink 90oz of water a day and put salt on almost all my food.
Fluid balance: The explanation may be complex. Albuterol in high doses can cause low blood potassium. Otherwise, if you are drinking over 90 oz fluid per day and adding salt, and are still appearing dehydrated to your practitioner, then you must be losing fluid and some Na and K from your body somewhere. Possibilities are GI, skin, or kidneys. Some kidney dz cause just that: fluid loss, Na loss, and K loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check renal function: This all could be a sign of acute or chronic kidney injury/ disease - check with your md! ...Read more
What is the probable diagnosis of hypertension+ hypokalemia+ hyponatremia+high 24h urine aldosterone+ normal arr
See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die?
What tests do I need?
Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?
Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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