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Why Does Your Potassium Levels Go Down
My mom had a blood work done last week and her potassium count was 5.4 mmol/l. What does this mean and what can she do to bring the level down?
On fludrocortisone and need 12 Sando k potassium to maintain normal levels. What should I do if I get norovirus and can’t keep potassium down?
Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?
Other way around: Potassium (K+) levels vary from hour to hour based on intake via food and supplements. Its the kidneys job to eliminate excess and prevent loss when K+ is low. K+ range outside of approx 2 to 8 is not compatable with life and the 1st effect will be to stop your heart. A dammaged kidney may not effectively regulate K+ but isn't injured by K+. To reduce K+ reduce foods high in potassium. ...Read more
A long time ago horses got a disease that had something to do with potassium levels building up and causing muscle spasms that crippled them so they just put them down. They soon found it n humans also does anyone know what its called cuz I think I have
Potassium level is 5.4 on a range going to 5.2. Test and retest were the same. Should I be concerned? What could be wrong?
This can occur from certain birth controls (drosperinone containing) and other medication.
Elevated potassium in your case might be normal or it could be a sign of kidney issues - it has implications for your heart and muscle function - please be sure to follow up with your physician. ...Read more
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
Lowering potassium: The question you should be asking is: why is my potassium (k) high? You need to see a nephrologist (n) and have a 24 hour urine collection so your kidney function can be assessed accurately. You will also need some blood work to what your k level is. Causes of high k can be addison's disease or chronic kidney disease, among others. See a n to get a better answer to your question. ...Read more
Prescription only: Over the counter potassium pills are very weak to make a dent in significantly low potassium. Only prescriptions are effective and need to be followed with blood testing to prevent under or overdosing - both are dangerous. Potassium rich diet is also weak. It includes potatoes, tomato sauce/paste, bananas, oranges, and squash. There are meds that make you retain potassium from being lost in urine. ...Read more
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
High potassium level:
A complete answer to your question is too long for the space given to me. You need to find out the cause of your high potassium (K) before you can find a way to treat it. Go to this link:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/hyperkalemia/basics/definition/sym-20050776
for more information and you will likely get the answer you are looking for. ...Read more
Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice. ...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 more
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
This is variable, most patients do not have problems.
But this has to be checked on your DR visits. ...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
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
Depends.: This can depend on how long laxatives were used and if any other medications that can cause potassium loss were also being taken. Also, if magnesium levels are low, this will delay potassium normalization. Ask your doctor to guide treatment and monitor potassium and magnesium levels closely. Bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, avocado, coconut water all are naturally rich sources of potassium. ...Read more
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