help! Besides insulin, why is potassium given to lower blood glucose? - page 2

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Hi, I've been stuck on this question all day after my instructor got our brains churning during clinical this morning. He said that besides insulin, potassium is also sometimes given to lower serum glucose and my... Read More

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    Quote from daisywill
    Hi. I might be too late but I just saw this post. Potassium is used in rapid situations to push glucose IN the cells. This produces a decrease in SERUM potassium. Thats why kayxelate is used to push glucose into the cells. Hope I helped.
    I know this is old... but I'm confused. I thought Kayexelate was given for hyperkalemia? From what I remember in clinicals, doesn't the Kayexelate switch out sodium for potassium and cause the body to dump potassium?