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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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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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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?

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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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it: potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes high levels of potassium?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes high levels of potassium?

High potassium level: Causes of high potassium levels are the following: chronic and acute kidney failure, addison's disease, hemolysis of rbc's, metabolic acidosis, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, the use of ace-i or arb's, excessive ingestion of potassium supplements and muscle destruction. ...Read more

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What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

Cardiac problems: the most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The body may adapt to a slow chronic rise and therefore a treatment plan should be dictated by your doctor who would follow the level closely. ...Read more

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What could cause you to drop high levels of potassium and magnesium into you urine?

Diuretics: Certain types of diuretics can cause potassium loss as well as certain diseases. You will have to ask your doctor about magnesium loss in the urine as it very uncommon. More common is a nutritional problem such as alcoholism in which magnesium is not present in the diet. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of elevated potassium levels? 

What could be the cause of elevated potassium levels? 

Error or real: Elevation may be due to drawing the blood. If not, kidney dz, medications or over supplementation may be the cause. Could be others. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Indirectly: If you mean hga1c, that is a test for diabetes. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of renal failure in the United States. Since potassium only leaves the body through the urine and stool, if your kidney function worsens with poorly controlled diabetes resulting in high hga1c, your kidneys may not be able to control the potassium level resulting in high potassium. ...Read more

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Does high levels of potassium cause weight gain?

Not directly: A high potassium level in and of itself won't cause a weight gain. However, if potassium level is high due to poor kidney function, weight gain could be seen due to water retention. Avoid high potassium foods until you discuss this with your doctor (bananas, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes.) good luck. ...Read more

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Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

It shouldn't: A diabetic person should be able to do sports for a couple of hours without causing her potassium level to go outside of the normal range. If worried, one can be checked out by a primary care doctor. One can actually get a lab test done before and after exercise, to see if there is any abnormal difference, if worried about causing high potassium levels. ...Read more

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I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism :(

I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism :(

Side effect : That is a known side effect but most people with normal kidney function should not developed increased potassium. Best to get a full blood work and take low potassium diet and have your labs checked on a regular basis. Discuss all options with your MD. ...Read more

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What will high potassium levels and high liver enzymes cause?

What will high potassium levels and high liver enzymes cause?

Worrisome: The high potassium may be from cell breakdown. The liver enzymes can be related to liver cells but can also come from muscle sources. Please see your doctor regarding possible muscle cell breakdown as the cause of the findings you mention above. ...Read more

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Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

No: Low magnesium can cause low calcium + low potassium. Diuretics can cause high calcium and low potassium. Are you on any meds? ...Read more

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Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Hyperkalemia effects: High blood potassium levels, hyperkalemia, (h) can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Moderate h can produce ekg changes (ekg is an electrical reading of the heart muscles). Severe h can cause suppression of electrical activity of the heart and can cause the heart to stop beating. H can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis in severe cases. If you have h, see a nephrologist for a diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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Other than kidney, adrenal, or dietary issues are there other causes for high potassium? My levels stay around 5.5 and nobody can find any problems.

Watch it: if you have had extensive work up and seen a nephrologist and reviewed your meds, I would just keep monitoring it. normal is what 65% of population has, and you just happen to fall outside the curve but can still be normal. any family history of hyperkalemia? ...Read more

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