Vitamin D deficiency and high potassium

by merlin

I had a blood test done one week ago, and my result show my Vitamin D test is less than -4 and my potassium result is 5.4, what does this mean?

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It's Not a Negative Number
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Merlin,

Your vitamin d level is NOT 'Less than negative 4' is just 'less than 4' which means that it's so low that it's barely detectable and that is NOT good at all. In other words, it's at the lowest level that the lab is able to detect at all. You'll need INTENSIVE supplementation. Please read my page on Vitamin D Therapy and follow the instructions.

HOWEVER, you may want to ask your doctor to also check your PARATHYROID with a calcium level and a parathyroid hormone test. Having a level THAT low while living in a sunny climate is a bit unusual and having a parathyroid problem is a 'good' reason for it to be that low. Get this checked BEFORE you begin Vitamin D Supplementation because a high calcium level is a Vitamin D Contraindication and you should NOT take vitamin d if you have a high calcium level unless an endocrinologist SPECIFICALLY tells you to take it.

A high potassium level almost never occurs except in the case of kidney disease. And you would KNOW if you have kidney disease, so please don't start worrying that you have kidney disease if your doctor hasn't discussed this with you already or if you don't have a kidney doctor- also called a nephrologist. Again, you would ALREADY KNOW if you have kidney disease, it's not something that you walk around going to work everyday and not knowing that you have, you'd be very sick and have a kidney specialist if you have kidney disease.

If you do not have kidney disease then it could simply be a lab error and needs to be repeated. When blood is drawn, some blood cells always break. If too many break, then they release the high levels of potassium that is normally found INSIDE the cells and releases that potassium into the 'serum' that is tested when your blood is tested. This is a VERY VERY common lab error that is termed 'hemolysis' and the bloodwork simply needs to be repeated.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Vitamin D deficiency and high potassium
by: merlin

HI, thanks for the information, as i had not mention that i am a Lupus patient that's why i can't go under the sun as Singapore is always so sunny and hot, so avoid sunlight which lead my Vitamin D to be so low.

I don't have any kidney failure as they are function well, but somehow my potassium is high is it due to consume in bananas? Now i am banned on banana from my doctor...

by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

It's nearly impossible to get too much potassium from bananas because potassium is a water soluble mineral that you just urinate out every day. It would be FAR more prudent to have your doctor recheck your potassium level.

If you have Lupus, you almost CERTAINLY have Gluten Sensitivity and there was even a study done where a bunch of women with Lupus went into complete remission by avoiding gluten.

There is, too, a correlation between low vitamin d and Lupus, so having low vitamin d may have contributed to you DEVELOPING Lupus in the first place and it's certainly making it worse. You'd be well advised to get your calcium level checked and, if normal, aggressively treat your Vitamin D Deficiency.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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to merlin
by: Anonymous


Apparently vitamin D works by forcing calcium and it takes potassium to do so.

You need to be able to get vitamin D, and Sun (or UVB lamps) will do that. UVB light is even a treatment for skin conditions including psoriasis. You also need magnesium for vitamin D synthesis in skin and a good way to get it is transdermally through Transdermal Magnesium Gel.

look this up, vitamin D is not just a vitamin but a hormone too, you need it.

Study doesn't explain her high potassium
by: Kerri Knox, RN, The Immune Queen

Hi Anonymous,

Unfortunately, your link doesn't say anything about why someone would have high potassium with low vitamin D.

The study ACTUALLY gave rats TOXIC doses of vitamin D in order to give them experimental hypercalcemia (High calcium levels). This caused them to LOSE potassium, however, that doesn't say anyone about a human with low vitamin D levels having high potassium.

I gave the most common reasons for her to have high potassium, and there is no evidence that low vitamin d levels would be one of those causes. I get TONS of people here with low vitamin d levels and this is the only person who has said that her potassium levels are also high. So, I suspect it's an anomaly, or something else related to her specific health problems and not having to do directly with the vitamin D.

same symptoms
by: Sindy

I was looking for the same answer. I also have very low vit D levels & abnormally high potassium levels. Kidneys are fine & I also live where its sunny (Arizona) is there anything that would cause this combination to occur? And yes, blood work was repeated.

Severe trauma and high potassium
by: Anonymous

Severe trauma or surgery. Is it true this could cause high potassium. If so, what is treatment and is it permanent?

no, it's not permanent
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune Queen

The treatment is to wait, and yes it will go away. A high potassium level from trauma is merely from the cells that have been damaged dumping their potassium into the tissues and blood. It will go away on it's own.

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