Potassium and risk of type 2 diabetes

Ranee Chatterjee, Hsin Chieh Yeh, David Edelman, Frederick Brancati

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The rising incidence and prevalence of Type 2 diabetes worldwide requires us to try to identify the determinants of this epidemic and to identify improved measures to prevent and treat this condition. While obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, there are other risk factors that could potentially be corrected more easily. Potassium, both serum levels and to a lesser extent dietary intake levels, has been associated with incident diabetes. Lower levels of potassium have been found to be associated with a higher risk of diabetes in some studies. This article will review the literature available describing these associations and will help to identify where further research is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-672
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • antihypertensives affecting potassium
  • diabetes risk
  • dietary potassium
  • serum potassium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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