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Eating too much liquorice can cause a dangerous drop in potassium levels

Published by Steinios in the blog Steinios's blog. Views: 540

I found this story interesting, mainly because I used to have a "sweet tooth" for this kind of product (before I became Diabetes aware).
Although this is not directly related to diabetes, it shows how a chemical imbalance caused by something unassuming can lead to a major health issue.
Some of my blood tests in the past had come up with a low potassium reading, although not enough to be considered dangerous by my GP, at no point did he ask "by the way do you like eating liquorice, the sort they sell in health food shops?".

My point is that most GP's would probably know about the physiological reactions above, but tend to steer towards symptoms of common generic ailments first.

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