Re: metabolism problem may CONTRIBUTE to HBP?
Yes, a problem metabolizing potassium and magnesium would put one at risk for an electrolyte imbalance which would increase one's risk of an electrolyte inbalance if on diuretics . This woould cause symptoms like increased thirst, muscle weakness, lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, seizures, confusion, muscle pains or cramps, muscular fatigue, low blood pressure, a racing heart, and nausea and vomiting. That's why it's so important to have the lab work done. That's the only example, perhaps others could give you other examples.
Some medical research suggests that the balance or the relationship between these nutrients may be as important or almost as important as the role of salt in our diets so for that reason I would ASSUME that if a person had a problem metabolizing these nutrients, they would also have elevated pressures. Example: potassium deficiency elevates bp....that's one reason the dash diet is important at lowering pressures...it contains lots of fruits and vegetables which are high in potassium.
Last edited by bethsheba; 01-16-2008 at 12:13 PM.