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Are high potassium (5.6) and low vitamin d level (6)

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Are high potassium (5.6) and low vitamin d level (6) related?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Jef Burk replied 7 years ago.

Hi

No obvious link between the two.

Is your kidney function normal ?

Are your platelet levels normal?

Any cause identified for the low Vit D levels?

Dr Jef

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Everything else is normal. I did 3 weeks of 1 capsule of 50,000 vitamin d, and it still didn't go up so now am on it 2x/wk. No cause yet for vitamin d being low.
Expert:  Jef Burk replied 7 years ago.

Thanks

If your levels do not increase this would raise the possibility that you are having a problem absorbing vitamin D from your gut.

I will post you a link about "malabsorption" as this condition is called.

In relation to your potassium level can I ask if you are on any medication and if the potassium level has been raised consistently?

Dr Jef

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Gastrointestinal-Malabsorption.htm

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
In my original post, I listed my meds:Presently on crestor, norvasc, atenenol, and aspirin. My potassium has never been high before. I have had my blood checked every 6 mos.
Expert:  Jef Burk replied 7 years ago.

Hi

Apologies for that.

Worth finding an alternative to the atenolol - this can cause a raised potassium level.

Dr Jef

"beta blockade" on the link below

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Hyperkalaemia.htm

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