What Is The Normal Range For Potassium?


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Shane Richardson Profile
You will find that the normal blood potassium level is:
  • 3.5 to 5 mEq/L

However, if you have just had a blood test and are concerned about your potassium levels then it is highly advised to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. If you are yet to receive the results then they are likely to call you back in anyway; unless they find everything is fine, in which case they will usually just phone you or send a letter.

  • Hyper Kalmia
If someone's potassium level is higher than average, it is known as hyper kalmia. This can lead to many disorders that decrease the function of the kidneys and so can become a serious medical condition.

  • Hypo Kalmia

If someone's potassium level is lower than average then this is called hypo kalmia. Again, this deeply affects the kidneys and their functioning and once more can be very serious.

As stated earlier it is always best to consult a doctor if you are having any medical worries or concerns. They will be able to explain it all in great detail and hopefully reassure you that your potassium level is normal and that you don't need to worry about the above conditions.

It can be very tempting to do your own research online or by asking friends, but you may find this does more harm than good. Trying to guess symptoms and conditions can be very risky and so you need to leave it to the professionals and seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Bill Burns Profile
Bill Burns answered
The RDA of Potassium is 3500 milligrams.  A normal diet will account for much of this, although it is figured that most people do not consume 3500 mg of Potassium.  Low levels of potassium are dangerous to overall health.  Eating a high potassium food item each day in addition to normal eating is advisable.
Bill Profile
Bill answered
The Estimated Minimum Requirements for potassium (NOT RDA's) are as follows -

0 to 1 year 500 to 700 mg/day, 1 to 2 years 1,000mg/day, 2 to 5 years 1,400 mg/day, 6 to 9 years 1,600 mg/day, 10 to 18 years 2,000 mg/day, 18 years + 2,000mg/day.

The difficulty of course is knowing how much or how little is in the food you eat.
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
Potassium is very essential for our body. The normal blood potassium range is between 3.5 - 5.0 milliEquivalents/liter (mEq/L). According to international standard units this range should be 3.5 - 5.0 millimoles/liter (mmol/L).
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
If potassium is not mentioned in the nutrition facts of a food product, does this mean that potassium is not contained in this product?

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