Heart health is important both physically and spiritually. As some of you may know that I have recently been diagnosed hypertension/high blood pressure. So as I learn to manage my blood pressure I will be sharing health tips regarding blood pressure.
Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Today’s tip can be read in full at this website – http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/sources-of-potassium.aspx
So who needs to watch their potassium intake?
- People with kidney disease are at risk of having too much potassium in the blood. They tend to retain potassium because their kidneys don’t get rid of extra potassium as normal kidneys would. Hyperkalemia, or high levels of potassium in the blood, can be caused by a number of things (including certain medications and hormonal deficiencies), but kidney disease is the most common culprit. High levels of potassium can lead to irregular heartbeats. Therefore, your doctor may periodically check your potassium levels, especially if you have kidney disease.
- People with high blood pressure are at increased risk for having low potassium levels (hypokalemia) because some high blood pressure medications can deplete potassium levels in the blood. Other conditions that can cause low potassium include vomiting, diarrhea, and eating disorders. Certain laxatives and diuretics have been found to cause low potassium as well. Low potassium is characterized by weakness, fatigue, constipation, and muscle cramps. If your potassium level becomes too low, it can also affect your heartbeat. Talk with your doctor about monitoring your potassium levels if you take high blood pressure medication or have a condition that may cause low potassium.