Health Tip: Get Plenty of Potassium

A deficiency can be life-threatening

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(HealthDay News) - Potassium is a dietary mineral that's vital to the body and healthy cell function. A big drop in the body's potassium levels can be life-threatening, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

The agency lists common symptoms of potassium deficiency:

  • An abnormal heart rhythm (particularly in people with heart conditions).
  • Constipation.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness in the muscles, or muscle spasms.
  • Paralysis, including paralysis of the lungs.


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