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Potassium Deficiency

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What Is Potassium?

Potassium is a mineral that is crucial for life being essential for every cell, especially nerve and muscle function.

Most potassium [6] is intracellular, meaning it is found within cells while sodium, its opposing mineral (both electrolytes), is found in the fluid surrounding cells.

In muscle contraction, exchange of potassium [6] and sodium takes place so that potassium [6] moves out of muscle cells and sodium moves into them.

With muscle relaxation, potassium [6] moves back into the cells and sodium moves out. Functions are described below.

Importantly, a recent study investigating the association between the metabolic syndrome and potassium [6] intake in the general population found a significant inverse association between potassium [6] intake and metabolic syndrome in adults. That is, the lower the potassium [6] intake, the greater the odds of developing metabolic syndrome. After adjusting for various lifestyle and dietary confounders, subjects in the highest quartile of potassium [6] intake had 39% lower odds for metabolic syndrome compared to those in the lowest quartile. This association was consistent for both sexes. Among the components of metabolic syndrome, potassium [6] intake was inversely related to abdominal obesity and fasting hyperglycemia in multivariate analysis.1 [7]

What Is Potassium Deficiency In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Shin D, Joh HK, Kim KH, Park SM. Benefits of potassium [6] intake on metabolic syndrome: The fourth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES IV). Atherosclerosis. 2013 Sep;230(1):80-5. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2013.06.025.  [10]