INSULIN AND POTASSIUM RELATIONSHIP

Have you ever wondered why you need to watch the potassium level when you give insulin?

Or how glucose affects the potassium level?

In this video, I’m going to walk through the key things you need to know about insulin, potassium and glucose for your fluids and electrolytes exam in nursing school.

Here’s what we’ll talk about:

1. Potassium likes to hang out inside of the cell in the intracellular fluid (ICF)

2. When the blood glucose level is elevated, potassium moves outside of the cell into the extracellular fluid (ECF), causing the potassium level to increase.

3. Insulin forces potassium back into the cell, causing the potassium level to decrease.

CRITICAL THINKING POINT:

Serious complications can occur if the potassium level is too high or too low. So any time you’re giving insulin or treating a patient with elevated glucose levels, you must watch their potassium level carefully.

Come back to this video any time you need a quick refresher on insulin and potassium shifts in the body.

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