Causes Of Hypokalemia?

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hello. I have had hypokalemia for years, and can one of the causes of hypokalemia or hypokalemia suddenly relapse because of eating instant noodles? Does it affect eating instant noodles, the potassium will suddenly decrease from normal? n * Thank you * n

1 Answer:

Hello Laurent,

Thank you for asking the Community

Hypokalemia is a condition when the potassium level in the body is low, which is below 3.5 mEq / L. Normal potassium values ​​range from 3.5-5.5 mEq / L. Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for nerve and muscle function, especially the heart muscle. Thus, very low potassium levels are a dangerous and life-threatening condition.

Some of the symptoms that can appear if the potassium level is below normal limits, include:

Stomach cramps and constipation
Tingling and numbness
Nausea, bloating and vomiting
Palpitations or palpitations

Fatigue, as well as cramps in the muscles of the arms and legs, etc.

Some causes of a person experiencing potassium deficiency such as excessive use of laxatives and alcohol, sweating too much, deficiency of folic acid, experiencing eating disorders, severe vomiting and diarrhea, and use of certain antibiotics.

Diseases that can cause a lack of potassium;

- Chronic kidney failure

- Diabetic ketoacidosis

- Malnutrition

- Hyperthyroid

- Use of diuretic drugs in people with heart disease, etc.

Instant noodles that are consumed contain high sodium. Sodium has side effects for the body, especially for people with ulcers and high blood pressure and causes an imbalance of sodium and potassium. Even so, the resulting effect does not suddenly reduce potassium levels. We recommend that you consult with your doctor about the diet you should live and find out the cause of your hypokalemia. The doctor will monitor potassium levels and even provide additional potassium and magnesium supplements if needed.

What you can do at home to keep your potassium levels in the blood normal is by eating a diet. There are several foods that can be consumed to keep potassium levels normal, including: avocado, banana, spinach, milk, nuts, jam, and wheat. In addition, avoid using excessive diuretic drugs or supplements that function as laxatives such as body slimming drugs.

Thank you, hope it helps.


dr. Rizki

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