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What Happens When Your Potassium Gets Too Low
Hypoglycemia symptom: The most common cause of low blood sugar or glucose is from use of diabetes medication --insulin or sulfonylurea. When blood glucose is <60 mg/dl (threshold different for everyone), two sets of reaction occur. 1) brain can't function -- confusion, dizzy, fatigue, emotional, slow reflexes, even coma, seizures. 2) adrenaline increases-- fast heart beat, tremors, hungry, sweating, nervous, hunger. ...Read more
You get anemic: People who don't eat enough iron-containing foods, such as women who don't eat red meat, can have low iron and be anemic. The screening tests for iron deficiency are simple blood tests. If an adult has low iron, the doctor will usually check to see if she is losing blood in the stool (as a screening test for colon cancer), as well as look for other reasons for low iron. ...Read more
For how long?: For the most part, high blood pressure for a short time, days to months won't make too much of an effect, which is why it's referred to as the silent killer. Of course, if it's too high for a longer period of time, you can end up w/stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc. Blood pressure that's too low can make you feel weak, woozy, lightheaded, dizzy & possibly even faint. Think like Goldilocks ...Read more
You don't have it: In addition, in my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of true hypoglycemia except after therapy for diabetes, or in cancer, liver or kidney disease, prior GI surgery etc. If you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to you sugar returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. ...Read more
Low blood count: Iron is critical for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen to your entire body. If you iron stores get too low, not enough is available for this critical function and you will make less efficient red cells termed anemia causing lowered energy, lethargy and increased susceptibility to other kinds of illness. Iron is readily available and cheap over the counter. ...Read more
What should my mom do to keep her blood sugar level constant? Sometimes it gets too low and sometimes too high.
Internist: Your mother needs to see her internist to have an assessment of her blood sugar log. She likely needs some more fine tuning with either her oral diabetic meds or a change to insulin. Her blood sugar control is important and if swinging up and down is occurring, then better regulation is necessary. ...Read more
Short term vs long: High blood pressure is usually silent in the short-term. That's why it's so difficult to treat b/c the best you'll notice from your BP lowering meds is no side effects. It's not like pain meds or antibiotics after which you'll notice an immediate difference. However, if you ignore high BP in the long run, you increase your risk for death, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc. ...Read more
Low Cortisol: Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands. It is called the stress hormone, and is produced in response to either a physical stress or a mental stress, or both. Cortisol has a diurnal pattern, which means it starts highest in the morning and drops gently, and then is very low at night. Low cortisol is using referring to the flattening of the usual curve so that it is lower than it should be. ...Read more
That's right: This is only a problem for people with kidney disease however. If you have kidney failure, one should not eat too much protein; how much you can eat depends on how severe the kidney disease is and how much you weigh. Most studies have shown that people who have normal kidneys can tolerate a high protein diet just fine. ...Read more
Typically...: The platelet count is typically between 150, 000 and 400, 000 per cmm depending upon the lab. Low platelet counts of 50, 000 and below can result in spontaneous development of petechiae (appearance of flat, painless, small red spots on the skin). Platelets are an essential component early in the clotting cascade to aid in the prevention of excessive bleeding. ...Read more
Potassium 3.4 already took 10meq at 2:30 had labs down at 530 was told potassium wasl low 3.4 just took 20 meq. Am i ok can something happen if lower?
Normal: Check out https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/potassium/refrange/ for normal reference of potassium. To determine whether lab results are (ab)normal, always ask for complete results so that you can compare your results w/lab's normal reference range (which can vary depending upon how test was performed). ...Read more
Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From Wikipedia.com: Mild hypokalemia is often without symptoms, although it may cause a small elevation of blood pressure,  and can occasionally provoke cardiac arrhythmias. Moderate hypokalemia, with serum potassium concentrations of 2.5-3 meq/l (nl: 3.5-5.0 meq/l), may cause muscular weakness, myalgia, and muscle cramps (owing to disturbed function of the skeletal muscles), and constipation. ...Read more
My potassium is typically 3.5-4.0 range, last test 5.0. Possible/normal to fluctuate from low to high ends?
Yes.: Depend on intake and out take of K in the body ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you are low on potassium what's good to eat everyday to have adequate potassium levels?
Low potassium: If you have a low potassium (LP) chronically, you need to find its cause. People off medication, like diuretics and with normal renal function should not have lp. See a nephrologist to see if your kidneys are losing potassium or your have a low magnesium level. Finding the cause of your LP and treating it are better than just taking excess potassium. ...Read more
Electrical: The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness). The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few mechanisms: 1. Low intake in food 2. Loss in secretions- urine, gastrointestinal-vomitus and stool, sweat 3.Increased traslocation of k in to the cells in certain conditions eg. Insulin excess, mineralocorticoid( aldosterone - a hormone secreted by adrenal gld.) excess are associated with low potassium.There is a genetically acquired condition called periodic hypokalemic syndrome characterized by low k level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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