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Flower,

I am sorry to hear about your lab results - I can tell you are very concerned about it - and very conscientious about your diet...

What would too much potassium do???

I had changed my diet significiantly - incorporated fish instead of ANY red meat and lots of fruits and veggies. I also added yogurt (for my stomach) and lots of potassium rich foods. I lost 20 pounds but it was not helping with the ACID or the HBP -- anywhoo I recently read an article that said tuna (and certain other fish) have a high Mercury content and not to eat more than twice per week -- I was eating it 5 to 6 nights out of 7...

Now I am lost as to what to eat. I do not like meat much - and am not a big turkey or chicken fan..

Seems even when we try to eat to make ourselves BETTER -- it harms us too....

I also noticed that when I was on Diovan if I ate too many bananas I would get pains around my heart and down my left arm???

I hope you feel better soon....
[QUOTE=Vanessa74;3422947]...What would too much potassium do???

Having too much potassium in one's body is often symptomless...but if symptom would occur, it might show up as an irregular heartbeat, nausau, and/or a slow, weak, or absent pulse.

[QUOTE]...I also noticed that when I was on Diovan if I ate too many bananas I would get pains around my heart and down my left arm???

I suspect it is more likely that you may have been experiencing side effects to the diovan...or had a potassium deficiency. I say this because the DASH researchers recommend a minimum of 4500 mg of potassium/day...and a banana has about 467 mgs...so you would need to eat about 10 bananas/day to get the minimum recommeded dose of potassium. FYI, symptoms of low potassium are weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, and abnormal heart rhythms. Was your Diovan simply Diovan? Or was it Diovan Hct?

[QUOTE]...I had changed my diet significiantly - incorporated fish instead of ANY red meat and lots of fruits and veggies. I also added yogurt (for my stomach) and lots of potassium rich foods....I lost 20 pounds but it was not helping with the ACID or the HBP

This is fantastic! If nothing else, it will keep both from getting worse.

Thanks for the info about the tuna...must do some more research on this as I have used tuna quite abit in the past.

[QUOTE]...Now I am lost as to what to eat. I do not like meat much - and am not a big turkey or chicken fan..

Have you checked out the DASH recipes? They tried to make them to accomodate people who ate meat. I personally want to go vegetarian, but need to learn how to do so healthily. One cannot just start eating veggies without knowing how to get the proper nutrients. We've had our share of vegetarians on our board who were having problems because of anemia.

[QUOTE]Seems even when we try to eat to make ourselves BETTER -- it harms us too....

There's something to be said about moderation...a little of this, a little of that, and it all balances out in the end.

Bethsheba
Hi Vanessa, :)

[QUOTE]What would too much potassium do???

Even small changes in extracellular potassium levels can have a huge effect on cardiac function. People with hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) can die of a cardiac arrhythmia suddenly and without warning. The percentage is huge, I think ! (65%). That is why potassium levels must be closely monitored in certain groups of people. When these people start getting into the dangerous range, they must be treated. Frequent potassium level monitoring should help prevent us from getting into the danger zone. A potassium level above 5.5 is considered hyperkalemic.

Factors that have an effect on our K levels include consumption of too much fruit, infections, diabetes and prescription drugs, such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, potassium-sparing diuretics and others. Our immediate levels of K are controlled by a sodium-potassium pump. This in turn is controlled by insulin and beta 2 receptors. (I'll have to find out more about this!!!). Some reasons for increased potassium levels include a decreased or impaired potassium excretion, additions of K into extracellular space by using K supplements or salt substitues, and shifting potassium from intracellular to extracellular spaces which happens in some conditions such as acidosis or can be induced by the use of certain medication, such as the beta blockers.

[QUOTE]I also noticed that when I was on Diovan if I ate too many bananas I would get pains around my heart and down my left arm???

Your diet is very healthy and I am surprised it has not helped your blood pressure much. This is most likely due to your other issues. The weight loss is good!!! I wish I lost 20 pounds. I probably will lose some weight in the spring and summer. I always do even when I am NOT eating right.

I have the same symptoms you describe. It's not surprising considering how much our potassium levels affect the cardiac function. This is the reason (and a very good one I think) we want the potassium levels to stay within the range!!! It is so good to hear how others are managing when facing these types of issues. Getting everything to be just right is such a fine balancing act!
Your input is much appreciated! :)

take care,
flowergirl