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Old 06-07-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hyperkalemia?

Is hyperkalemia a possible symptom of an eating disorder?

 
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Re: Hyperkalemia?

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Is hyperkalemia a possible symptom of an eating disorder?
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It can be,especially if the individual restricts their dietary intake to certain fruits,juices and/or vegetables that consist of low to non-existent amounts of sodium.

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Old 06-08-2011, 02:18 PM   #3
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Re: Hyperkalemia?

Very interesting. I'm in recovery from an ED, and was just diagnosed with hyperkalemia. I didn't know why.

I guess that's proof that an ED can affect your body in ways you aren't aware of.....even years down the road.

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Re: Hyperkalemia?

MariaBB,

Given the additional info,in its' essence,hyperkalemia suggests kidney dysfunction.

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Re: Hyperkalemia?

Yikes! That's not good news. Actually, I did a search here on HyperK and think I may have found my answer. Apparently, HyperK can be caused by eating a diet mainly comprised of fruit and vegetables (which is what I do). And here I thought I was living healthy! I wonder how vegetarians do it. I can see how this could be an issue for those with restrictive eating habits though.

From another board here:
"I love my fruits and salads. I eat at least seven times per day. I have no other vices. If I couldn't eat like that, because of increased potassium levels, it would literally kill me!"

"I also love fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, too many of them have a high potassium content, and it all quickly adds up."

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Maria,

How have you been holding up otherwise?

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:10 AM   #7
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Good, thank you. I've been putting off a follow-up blood test, but I'll go ahead and schedule it today. I feel fine. I hope you're enjoying your summer!

 
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