What causes inadequate potassium intake?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Inadequate potassium intake may result from any of the following:

  • Eating disorders [18] : Anorexia, bulimia, starvation, pica, and alcoholism

  • Dental problems: Impaired ability to chew or swallow

  • Poverty: Inadequate quantity or quality of food (eg, "tea-and-toast" diet of elderly individuals)

  • Hospitalization: Potassium-poor TPN


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