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How to effectively lower potassium levels with medication and low-potassium foods like blueberries and tuna

Published Oct 19 2020 at 2:32 PM GMT
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  • A healthy amount of potassium helps regulate your heartbeat, lowers blood pressure, and keeps muscles and nerves functioning at optimal levels.
  • Although many adults in the US don't get enough potassium in their diet, some may have medical conditions that make it dangerous to get too much.
  • Too much potassium can lead to potentially harmful changes in heart rhythm and should be carefully monitored and managed, says Linda Antinoro, a registered dietician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
  • Before pursuing treatment, a doctor will first make sure current medications, such as ACE inhibitors or blood pressure medicine, are not the source of your potassium-related problems.
  • Here's what you need to know about potassium levels, related medical complications, and the safest options for decreasing your intake, if necessary.




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  • Published Oct 19, 2020 2:32 PM GMT