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Old 06-10-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Not Quite Vegetarian

I'm not vegetarian or vegan, by my diet mainly contains fruit and vegetables. I was recently diagnosed with hyperkalemia, which can result from eating too many of these foods, as they are high in potassium. Is this a common side effect of a vegetarian lifestyle, and is there way to treat it (with supplements, etc.)? I'd rather not change my eating lifestyle. Afterall, I thought fruit and vegetables were supposed to be good for you!

 
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I'm with you on this. I'd like to know the same thing. I'm not necessarily a vegetarian but I rarely eat meats.

 
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... I was recently diagnosed with hyperkalemia, which can result from eating too many of these foods, as they are high in potassium.
I've been on a diet heavy in veggies, and have often had the same problem with too much potassium in my diet, especially since I am also on medications that cause my body to retain potassium.

I know when I've had too much potassium because I will get weak, my pulse will get erratic and I will have breathing problems, especially during the night.

I eat 6-7 small meals per day, and what I've done to coexist with my high-veggie/high potassium diet is to limit the size of my veggie plates and salads. I LOVE veggies and salads, so it grieves me that I cannot eat larger salads and veggie plates, but for me, there is no other choice.
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Re: Not Quite Vegetarian

So, are you saying that vegetarianism is a problem that leads to this, or is this potassium only an issue with certain people?

 
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Re: Not Quite Vegetarian

Good question, I wonder too because I never had trouble with my potassium and sodium levels until after I became a heavy veggie and fruit eater. I'm hoping they're not related, but I suspect they are.

 
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This is kind of random, I guess, but an example of one negative side effect of too many fruits is that eating too many bananas will attract mosquitoes.

 
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Re: Not Quite Vegetarian

For the average healthy person, geting too much potassium from food is unlikely. But you can get too much by taking supplements. Also, if a person has a problem with kidney function, they could have a problem even with low levels of potassium consumption. And potassium can interact with medication; check with your doctor.

The adult daily requirement (from your diet) is 4,800 mg.

I've been eating a mostly vegan diet since 2006 and my yearly blood-work has never indicated that I have too much potassium.

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That's good to know. It seems like it mostly depends on the individual. I have really been trying to go more vegetarian and tonight I had a wonderful meal. So I am really looking forward to better health and better tasting meals!

 
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