Some practical advice about potassium, its measurement, its contributions ...
- Be aware that measuring potassium levels is part of the basic balance sheet of a blood test.
- Do not take potassium supplements tablets, syrup, ampoule ... without prior medical advice.
- If you are taking certain medications, such as diuretics or potassium, or if you have a specific disease such as kidney failure, monitoring potassium levels in the blood is essential. Never neglect this monitoring which requires blood tests.
- If you want to know more about medical "jargon": Kaliemia is the dosage of potassium in the blood. Hypokalemia means too low a potassium level. Hyperkalemia means a high potassium level.
- Finally: the letter K may be included in the name of supplements or potassium-based drugs. In chemistry, K is indeed the letter corresponding to potassium.
It is rather rare for a person who is careful to eat a balanced diet and who therefore consumes fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, suffers from hypokalemia. To prevent the risk of a lack of potassium, here are 10 rules for a healthy and balanced diet :Want to react, share your experience or ask a question? See you in our FORUMS Nutrition or A doctor answers you!
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Sources and notes:
National Health Nutrition Program. JM Krzesinski, The hyerkalemia, this new killer? Rev. Med. Liege, 2005; 60: 4, 222-226.