Talk:Potassium in biology

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Recommend merge with Potassium. - Hemanshu 03:29, 29 Jan 2004 (UTC)

  • Dear Hemanshu, I strongly resist. I didn't expand this article yet, because I can't find enough power for it. But the role of some ions in biology is extremely peculiar, so you can write a little article about them. And, from the other side, these articles (like K in biology, Na in biology etc.) will be certainly written in a different clue in comparison with the 'physical' and 'chemical' articles. Which are now prevalent.

    Of course it's your will to make this or that decision and I will not change anything 'back'. But I really think it will be better to separate these two articles. The calbidin and calmodulin-dependend processes are waiting for their description on this page, as well as the internal Ca depos phenomena etc. Think about it. Arseni 8:29, 30 Jan 2004 (UTC)
    • The cellular biology aspects of K+ could go into a section in Potassium, and if it grows too big could be moved to a new article. There's already a 'human body' section (although the hypo- and hyperkalemia could have their own articles). T 04:15, 11 Apr 2004 (UTC)
I think the articles should not be merged. When you link people from neurobiology or other biology articles, they want to know about the role of potassium in the cell, not about the metal. It will be harder to find that info embedded in a more general page. Plus, there's so much to say about the role of potassium in biology that it's astonishing that there isn't already a huge article on it. I can begin adding to this article soon.--Delldot 06:42, 9 October 2005 (UTC)
Nay on merger. I copied the content over from the Potassium article to this article. Mathiastck 20:03, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Opposed to merger. The role of potassium in biology should be separate as it is an entirely separate issue. In fact, the section in the Potassium article is over sized, and should be cropped to a more abbreviated form, with the excess merged into this article. --Gregory JH (talk) 23:16, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

To expand this page[edit]

These links might help: Foods high in Potassium http://www.weightlossforall.com/potassium-rich-food.htm Potassium and Your CKD Diet What is potassium and why is it important to you? http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozItem.cfm?id=103 Mathiastck 20:07, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

this article is biased against plants[edit]

I have tagged the article accordingly. John Riemann Soong (talk) 04:56, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Please don't use the {{npov}} tag if you have concerns about an article's breadth of coverage. The article may be incomplete, but there isn't actually an issue of 'bias' here, is there? (That is, the content which is present doesn't misrepresent scientific consensus on the issues, does it?) I have removed the tag, though please – by all means – expand the article to cover other aspects of potassium in biology. Part of the problem may be the "Function in the body" section, which actually contains the beginnings of some useful molecular biology and should probably be retitled and expanded. (Either that, or this article should become Potassium in health or somesuch — the vast bulk of links to this article are from health, rather than biology, topics.) I note that this article is also poorly integrated with Potassium#Biological role. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 23:17, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

normal diet inadequate[edit]

"Healthy individuals who eat a balanced diet rarely need supplements." This reassurance conflicts with recent science; most people ingest about half the recommended amount of potassium. Supplements are not generally a good solution, but seeking foods higher in potassium may be healthier for most people. -96.233.22.219 (talk) 22:16, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

This paradox - that perhaps as few as 5% of adults in U.S. achieve the Adequate Intake, and yet do not appear to be dropping dead by the millions - is seen for a few other nutrients. Vitamin E comes to mind. Either 'Science' is wrong or the effects of chronic 'low' potassium intake are so subtle as the be easily overlooked. Here is a meta-analysis supporting a potassium benefit for hypertension and stroke. David notMD (talk) 19:28, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

Aburto NJ, et al. Effect of increased potassium intake on cardiovascular risk factors and disease: systematic review and meta-analyses. BMJ. 2013 Apr 3;346:f1378. PMID: 23558164.