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All About Potassium, a Mineral Essential for Health

Potassium is Necessary for Heart FunctionPotassium is a mineral that plays many key roles in the body. It is required for muscle contraction, transmission of nerve impulses, and heart function. Potassium deficiency can lead to serious health problems. Conversely, an excess amount of potassium, which sometimes occurs due to kidney malfunction, is also detrimental to health.

In this Bright Hub guide, you will find informative articles on many aspects of potassium and how it relates to health. For example, you can read about why a proper balance of sodium and potassium is critical for good health, how to plan a diet to regulate potassium intake for diabetics, the symptoms and causes of hyperkalemia (an excess of potassium) and much more.

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Normal and Abnormal Potassium Blood Test Results

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    Normal and Abnormal Potassium Blood Test Results

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Indications and Side Effects of Loop Diuretics

Loop diuretics are a type of medication that reduces the amount of water retained by the body. It accomplishes this by targeting a specific region of the kidney called the Loop of Henle...

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Now known as the smallest planet in our solar system since Pluto was named a dwarf planet, Mercury is also the planet that orbits closest to the Sun. Due to its thin atmosphere, though...