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Is there such thing as too high/low potassium?

Posted By: 53' Stude

Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:12 PM

Good evening BITOGERS smile

Last Monday at doctor visit or checkup, I am still losing weight but he ordered blood work to check my potassium level. I eat a lot of greens and spinach, carrots and kale and even beets.

Had blood work done this morning so hopefully I値l find out in 2 weeks
Posted By: Mr Nice

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:22 PM

If you eat a balanced diet you'll be fine.
How old are you ?

I eat 2 bananas everyday for breakfast so I'll be on the high end for potassium. I eat a light breakfast of fruit, if not I'm a zombie all day.
Posted By: thorromig

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:26 PM

Take a good quality multivitamin & drink two beers a day also. Your young yet, you will be fine buddy!!! wink
Posted By: Wolf359

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:29 PM

Well I'm not sure about too high, but it could be too low. I know someone who died in her sleep. She might have been anorexic as I remember she used to be overweight then got really thin. Mother found her in the morning. Toxicology took a few weeks, but her heart basically stopped beating because her potassium levels were too low.
Posted By: bbhero

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:42 PM

Ahh yeah buddy. Potassium levels are 3.5-5 ideally. Very high potassium levels can cause cardiac issues that can result in a severe disturbance in the heart rate. Low potassium can do this as well. Your magnesium level is likely low as well... These two electrolytes are usually ties together. A majority of Americans are typically low on potassium and magnesium.
Posted By: rollinpete

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:52 PM

Originally Posted By: car51
Good evening BITOGERS smile

Last Monday at doctor visit or checkup, I am still losing weight but he ordered blood work to check my potassium level. I eat a lot of greens and spinach, carrots and kale and even beets.

Had blood work done this morning so hopefully I値l find out in 2 weeks


Why does it take two weeks? I normally get some blood drawn and have results a day or two later, seems like a long time to wait... frown
Posted By: 53' Stude

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: rollinpete
Originally Posted By: car51
Good evening BITOGERS smile

Last Monday at doctor visit or checkup, I am still losing weight but he ordered blood work to check my potassium level. I eat a lot of greens and spinach, carrots and kale and even beets.

Had blood work done this morning so hopefully I値l find out in 2 weeks


Why does it take two weeks? I normally get some blood drawn and have results a day or two later, seems like a long time to wait... frown


I値l get the result emailed to me quick; then have checkup in 2 weeks to hear the good or bad news
Posted By: 53' Stude

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 10:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
If you eat a balanced diet you'll be fine.
How old are you ?

I eat 2 bananas everyday for breakfast so I'll be on the high end for potassium. I eat a light breakfast of fruit, if not I'm a zombie all day.


I知 almost 37
Posted By: bbhero

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 11:03 PM

Of your renal function is poor potassium levels do go up quite a bit... Another factor in the mix here.
Posted By: Al

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 11:42 PM

Originally Posted By: bbhero
Of your renal function is poor potassium levels do go up quite a bit... Another factor in the mix here.

Yea..but other than that most people have lower potassium. The cause is frequently eating too much salt. Salt depletes potassium
Posted By: bbhero

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/28/17 11:45 PM

I already covered that aspect of this captain. It should be of note though if renal function is poor then potassium does go up. If car51 has a high GFR... Then it could well be a reason for the potassium levels being requested.
Posted By: 53' Stude

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 12:20 AM

Originally Posted By: bbhero
I already covered that aspect of this captain. It should be of note though if renal function is poor then potassium does go up. If car51 has a high GFR... Then it could well be a reason for the potassium levels being requested.


Thanks for the info bbhero smile
Posted By: WyrTwister

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 12:39 AM

I have been low on potassium for years . Never really figured out why .

DR. has me on 1 potassium pill a day . I also take over the counter Calcium .

Best of luck to you , :-0
Posted By: bbhero

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 12:45 AM

It's all good my friend. I had low +K myself while checked several years ago. Mine was 3.3. We really just don't get quite enough potassium in our diets on average. I got to where I ate a banana a day and some orange juice. My potassium next time was over 4. I do agree with Al that high sodium is certainly another factor as well.
Posted By: Leo99

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 01:20 AM

I take a blood pressure pill that can cause me to excrete a lot of K. I take a K pill. 20MEQ. It's a big horse pill that is very hard to swallow. I have to take it with applesauce. Welcome to old age...It's not the sexiest thing.
Posted By: 69GTX

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 01:30 AM

Potassium in foods isn't hard to find. But greens aren't the best sources. Spinach not bad. I'd shoot for the more abundant potassium foods, esp. the first group below. Even if one's diet is somewhat deficient in Potassium and other minerals, it does a good job of compensating and generally keeping the blood levels of those in the "normal" range. As we age, it no doubt gets harder.

Melons (cantaloupe, honey dew, etc.)
Meats (fish, chicken, etc.)
Potato (esp. sweet)
Avocado
Banana
Raisins
Peas
Lima beans
Spinach - cooked
Figs
various milks...usually fortified
apricot
peach

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Celery
Oranges
Tomato
Almonds
Apple
Posted By: StevieC

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 01:32 AM

High Potassium can be indicative of kidney problems. My dad is fighting cancer and the drugs he's on currently are beating up his kidneys and as such his potassium levels are hard to keep in line. It is also affecting his blood pressure as a result.

Posted By: bbhero

Re: Is there such thing as too high/low potassium? - 10/29/17 03:56 AM

Most people do not consume enough potassium in their everyday diet. And that is a simple fact. Trust me a strong majority of people have low K+ and magnesium.
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