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From: Corinne (cm-24-121-93-143.flagstaff.az.npgco.com)
Subject: Potassium overdose
Date: April 5, 2005 at 5:27 pm PST

In Reply to: Potassium question posted by Valerie on April 5, 2005 at 1:25 pm:

Potassium overdose is definitely real, it's called "hyperkalemia." Usually it happens when
people have bad kidney functions, or become dehydrated, suffer trauma, or don't consume
enough sodium. Just eating a lot of potassium usually won't cause it- your body has
mechanisms to deal with the excess- but if you don't consume enough sodium (from leafy
greens, etc) to balance it out then there might be a problem. Without enough sodium, your
cells will expand too much and possibly burst. In your body the ratio is about 3/1 potassium
to sodium.

Here are some sites.. doing a google search for "hyperkalemia" + diet, bananas, etc. will give
you a bunch more results.
Hyperkalemia from U. Maryland Medical Center
Medline
Hyperkalemia

POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, AND SODIUM
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