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Why does hypokalemia cause muscle weakness?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology
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In brief: Muscles need lytes

Your muscles and nerves require potassium to properly contract and relax.
If low, they don't work as efficiently

In brief: Muscles need lytes

Your muscles and nerves require potassium to properly contract and relax.
If low, they don't work as efficiently
Dr. Felix Brizuela
Dr. Felix Brizuela
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Dr. Roger Palutsis
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Muscle contraction

Without getting to technical, your muscles contract on a cellular level in order for the muscle to work.
In order for this muscles to contract, k+ and ca+ are required to cross the cellular membranes. To much, or to little potassium will upset this balance. Hope this helps.

In brief: Muscle contraction

Without getting to technical, your muscles contract on a cellular level in order for the muscle to work.
In order for this muscles to contract, k+ and ca+ are required to cross the cellular membranes. To much, or to little potassium will upset this balance. Hope this helps.
Dr. Roger Palutsis
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