Low Potassium (cont.)
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Low Potassium Causes
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Low potassium can occur for many reasons. Use of water pills (diuretics), diarrhea, and chronic laxative abuse are the most common causes of low potassium levels.
Illness and other medications may also lower potassium levels. Woman and African-Americans are at higher risk of developing hypokalemia.
Other causes of hypokalemia include:
Loss of potassium through stomach and intestines
Effect of medicines
Shifting of potassium into and out of cells can lower the concentration of potassium measured in the blood.
Decreased food intake or malnutrition
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