What are the possible metabolic complications of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Hypokalemia has a dual effect on glucose regulation by decreasing insulin release and peripheral insulin sensitivity. Clinical evidence suggests that the hypokalemic effect of thiazide is the causative factor in thiazide-associated diabetes mellitus. [17]


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