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Question:

From Kentucky, USA:

Can an electrolyte imbalance cause a problem with blood sugar levels being too high or too low, and cause a problem not being able to get them in the acceptable range?

Answer:

Low potassium levels can impair blood sugar (causing it to be higher) but this generally happens only rarely for a diabetic in ordinary life and it doesn't increase sugar levels too much. Talk this over with your doctor for more information.

MS

Additional comments from Dr. Quick:

Electrolyte problems, such as low potassium, are part of the complication of diabetes called ketoacidosis and also can occur if the person with diabetes has a separate disorder such as Addison's disease (an autoimmune disorder of the adrenal glands).

Probably the most common cause of electrolyte imbalance in adults with diabetes is due to side-effects of medications for fluid retention and hypertension called "diuretics."

WWQ

Original posting 19 Mar 1999
Posted to Daily Care

  
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