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How Long Does Potassium Stay In Your System

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cjccl3 Says:
 
I have been told to go on a low potassium diet after my blood test came back. I have no kidney issues. After researching high potassium foods I realized that I do have a diet high in potassium. My Dr. wants to retest in 5 days and I am to be on a low potassium diet . I would like to know how long potassium stays in the body. Is it like a water soluble vitamin which leaves daily?

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Verwon Says:
 
Potassium is just constantly processed, so your levels can raise or lower very fast.

Learn more Potassium details here.

There are a lot more details under the medical/biological section of the Wikipedia link that I posted that should explain it better.

But basically, if you lower your intake, since it is constantly being processed, such as in your urine, your levels will lower pretty fast, since you aren't constantly adding more.

That's why it's always imperative to treat someone severely low as fast as possible, because if you don't, their body isn't going to get a chance to raise the levels.

I tend towards the opposite side of the spectrum than you, my body never seems able to hold onto it, so we have to watch my level regularly and supplement to build it back, as needed.

Were you having any symptoms? Did your doctor tell you what the levels were?

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cjccl3 Says:
 
Thank you so much for your reply. I have had no symptoms. My endocrinologist ran blood test to follow my synthroid problems. ( thyroid substitute) He did not tell me the numbers but said to go on a low potassium diet for 5 days and come back to retest. I realize now that my normal diet consists of High Potassium foods. ie. almonds, bananas, yogurt, tomatoes, avocados, raisins, spinach and dried beans. So I gave up all of them and was retested today. What I don't understand is if I am now normal potassium ...then what. Will I have to continue to stay away from those foods that I love so much? I was trying to stay on a heart healthy, low cholesterol, low fat diet and was very successful. I am really frustrated almost to the point of not caring. When my sugars were high I successfully dieted to drastically lower them and am now not pre-diabetic. Sugar is lower than 100. I have done the same with my cholesterol through my diet. But it seems like the foods that I ate to do those things are high in potassium. I am about to give up. I will let you know what this most recent blood work shows. Thanks again for listening.

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Vicky Says:
 
I take quinapril for high blood pressure and although neither doctor or pharmacist told me to watch intake of high potassium foods, I am concerned because I have read that ACE inhibitors can interact with high potassium foods. How much is too much?

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sydnad Says:
 
Hi , I have being put on CKD ( chronic kidney Decease ) so I have been put on a "No salt, low protein diet" , my potassium levels have been and are still at 5.5-5.9, now I have been on this diet for two weeks and im curious to how long it takes to lower on the right meds , and diet, , cheers

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