Blood tests are pretty wildly misread by many patients and some physicians too.
Having a 0.1 above ‘recommended levels’ is nothing. Literally. Don’t interpret the ‘recommended levels’ as a hard ceiling. If it were 2 or 3 points high, I’d be concerned as a patient, and your physician would be right to try to track that down, but 0.1? Relax, and have a banana…
The medical folk needed to come up with a way to suss out issues with patients and decided on upper and lower ranges of certain tested substances which can give the patient the idea that being above or below that level is ‘abnormal’ and prone to illness. Yeah, but that excludes the possibility that certain people run lower or higher in certain tested compounds, and even certain races and genders can run contrary to the ‘better judgement’ of a group of medical people, and ignores the fact that they are ‘snap shots’ of the levels at that moment.
One thing that I personally found was that I was high in the PSA test, but if I stopped riding for a week, it was normal. The PSA test apparently doesn’t test for ‘cancer’, but for what could be called prostate ‘comfort’. Doing certain things can make your prostate ‘uncomfortable’, and cause an elevated PSA test result. I always stop for a week or so before a PSA test, just to baby my prostate and get good numbers. But if I tested ‘really high’ then I would be looking for more tests to see if it is really a possible cancer issue.
But yeah, once I ate a bunch of seafood before a blood test the next day, and had high cholesterol, and serum sodium. (Well, DUH!)
So, don’t sweat the minuscule increase in potassium. So much could make it spike that unless you really spike, and have a history of it, or symptoms of high potassium, I’d relax that the rest of your results were so good. (I freaked over a low hemoglobin result once, and it’s so common and was ‘just barely low’ that it was nothing as well) There are things to be freaking out over based on test results. You are fine… It’s good to be looking at your results, but don’t read so much into them.
And an interesting thing I discovered, we have a water softener and I tested on the high side for sodium, so I switched to potassium chloride, and the sodium dropped, and my ‘lowish’ potassium levels went up. My doc said that swapping the chloride compound was brilliant and was clearly the best thought to improve my health. Cutting the sodium level was awesome…