What is too much potassium?


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Though quite rare, potassium overdose is possible, as Healthline indicates. A healthy 150-pound adult can overdose when more than 170,000 milligrams of potassium are consumed in a period of less than 30 minutes.

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What is too much potassium?
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The recommended potassium intake for an adult above the age of 18 is 4,700 milligrams per day, according to WebMD. Too much potassium causes hyperkalemia, says Healthline. Mild cases of hyperkalemia cause no noticeable symptoms, though doctors can easily detect high levels of potassium in the blood. Extreme cases can cause abnormal heartbeats and death. Hyperkalemia is most often caused by excessive consumption of potassium supplements, kidney disease, diabetes, chemotherapy and cocaine overdose.

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