Potassium is an element that is found in bananas. Humans need potassium in their bodies. If there is a potassium deficiency, then there can be problems. It is recommended that people get a certain amount of milligrams of potassium each day. For males that are nine to thirteen years old, they should get about 4,500 milligrams of potassium each day. It is probably a little more for older males.
Potassium helps with the kidneys and how they function in the body. Potassium levels of three and a half of millimoles per liter of blood is normal. If there are higher amounts, that could be dangerous to someone’s health. If a person has a potassium level of 6.0 millimoles per liter of blood, then that could mean that this patient is experiencing acute renal failure.
A serum potassium level of 6.0 mEq/L is indicative of acute renal failure. Malabsorption syndrome, nasogastric drainage, and laxative abuse may result in a low serum potassium level, because output may be greater than input. Diarrhea results in malabsorption syndrome and can come from laxative abuse. Fluids and electrolytes may be lost in the nasogastric drainage. Normal serum potassium is 3.5 to 5.5 mEq/L.