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Who is more likely to get potassium deficiencies?

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Potassium deficiencies are more common in people who:

  • Use certain medicines, such as diuretics
  • Have physically demanding jobs
  • Exercise in hot climates and sweat a lot
  • Have health conditions that affect their digestive absorption, such as Crohn's disease
  • Have an eating disorder
  • Smoke
  • Abuse alcohol or drugs

From: Potassium WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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