Potassium and Metabolic Syndrome

Lower potassium is associated with diabetes. Now researchers have been able to connect potassium intake with the risk of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome  in women.

There is substantial evidence that potassium deficiency is related to

  • increased blood pressure
  • salt sensitivity (whatever that is)
  • risk of cardiovascular death
  • glucose intolerance

The very comprehensive Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey from 29,235 participants included measurements of

  • blood pressure
  • fasting blood glucose
  • cholesterol and triglycerides
  • insulin levels
  • height and weight
  • waist circumference
  • smoking and alcohol consumption
  • physical activity
  • education and economic status
  • menstruation and HRT status

The researchers found that inadequate potassium increased Metabolic syndrome risk significantly in women.

Best sources of potassium include:

  • parsley 
  • garlic
  • spinach
  • dates
  • prunes
  • broccoli and brussel sprouts

Can see the research paper here:

Potassium Intake and the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome: The Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2008–2010

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