I had blood work done recently before having surgery. I was told that my potassium level is low. What kinds of foods should I eat to bring up my level, without raising my blood sugar level? I have type 2 diabetes.
Q: I had blood work done recently before having surgery. I was told that my potassium level is low. What kinds of foods should I eat to bring up my level, without raising my blood sugar level? I have type 2 diabetes.
Potassium levels must be maintained within a very narrow range. Too little potassium or too much potassium can both cause problems.
Many people think of bananas, potatoes, and other high-sugar and high-carb foods as being the best sources of potassium. However, there are several low-carb foods that are rich in this mineral. Choosing from this list can help you boost your potassium level without increasing your blood sugar:
- Nuts, especially almonds and pistachios
- Cooked leafy greens, such as spinach and kale
- Fish, especially flounder, halibut, salmon, trout, and sardines
- Shellfish, especially scallops
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Cooked mushrooms
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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