What happens when your potassium gets too low - Doctor answers

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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


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Is ensure low in potassium?

Is ensure low in potassium?

ENSURE: Ensure is not low in potassium. It can overload one with potassium if one has kidney impairment. ...Read more

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Potassium low, how to fix this?

Potassium low, how to fix this?

Hi potassium food: Hi potassium intake is the way to go. Eat citrus, tomato, banana, melon, peach, apricot, potato, meats, and similar juices. Figure out why potassium is low. Fix root cause, as you can. Get MD help. ...Read more

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Potassium low, what effect can this have over time?

Potassium low, what effect can this have over time?

Weakness: Without the proper potassium level muscles will not work, paralysis of skeletal muscles can result. Paralysis of the diaphragm can lead to respiratory distress. ...Read more

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I am 47 years old. Is potassium of 3.6 mmol/L too low?

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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

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What are the common symptoms when one is low on potassium?

What are the common symptoms when one is low on potassium?

Weakness: Muscle cramps, fatigue, abnormalities in heart rhythm, slowing of bowel motility. You must seek medical advice, to find out the reason for low potassium. ...Read more

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How will I know if my potassium levels are too low or high?

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 more

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How low do potassium levels have to be before you get symptoms?

How low do potassium levels have to be before you get symptoms?

See below: There are no fixed levels, however less than 3.5 meq/l problems can occur with muscle weakness, cramps and heart irrugularities. ...Read more

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How low does potassium levels have to be before you start getting symptoms?

From Wikipedia. Com: Mild hypokalemia is often without symptoms, although it may cause a small elevation of blood pressure, [3] 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

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I'm just wondering, if you are low on potassium what's good to eat everyday to have adequate potassium levels?

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

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I have read that tests for potassium can be inaccurate. How can I trust the results on my recent test? I was very low before, now normal @ 4.0.

Good test: Standard serum chemical test, and while it can be wrong on rare occasion, overall it is very accurate.
If done by standard blood draw, no IV fluids, good stick and rapidly to approved lab, you should have high accuracy. ...Read more

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Symtems of low potassium?

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 more

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What causes low potassium?

Medications: Not enough potassium in your diet, urinar losses in potassium, medications, certain endocrine disease. ...Read more

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Does taking antiacids make your potassium low?

Yes it does: Your doctor can check your potassium level and advise you to take potassium supplement if it is low. Please do not take potassium on your own. If you have queries shoot me an e-mail click this --> http://bit. Ly/1EQ6YPH ...Read more

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What causes chronically low blood potassium levels?

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 more

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I'm told that my potassium level is low, what type of health problems can this cause?

Muscle weakness: Low potassium affect muscle contraction. You get muscle weakness that can be severe where you can't walk. In very low potassium level the heart muscle can be affected and sudden death can occur. You have to be on treatment and to find the reason for your low levels. ...Read more

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I have been told that I am low in Potassium, but I eat a Banana every day, what can I do?

Discuss with MD: Discuss with your MD. If your potassium is significantly low- your MD needs to find out the cause and you may need also take some potassium supplement pill etc. Discuss in detail with your GP. ...Read more

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