The nurse gave me my husbands blood work. He had high potassium and needs to come in today to recheck that and high cholesterol, triglyserides (sp) Dosent sound good. I figure I will wait to tell him until he gets home. If this is familiar to you do I need to start him on a new diet?
The high potassium can be because the red blood cells were broken in his sample. That can happen if it was difficult to take his blood, it the tube got shaken too hard, if the sample wasn't transported properly, or other goof-ups. It is called a hemolyzed sample. A good lab would note on the results that the sample was hemolyzed. If it was sent to a large, very automated lab there may not be a way of making that kind of determination or notation. I've worked in both kinds of labs.
It's always good to eat a healthy diet. The DASH diet was designed for people with hypertension but it has turned out to be such a good lifelong eating plan that it is being recommended for people with other health issues and is good for everyone. If you go to google and type in DASH diet you will find a lot.
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