Urinary potassium is as reliable as urinary nitrogen for use as a recovery biomarker in dietary studies of free living individuals.

TitleUrinary potassium is as reliable as urinary nitrogen for use as a recovery biomarker in dietary studies of free living individuals.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsTasevska, N, Runswick, SA, Bingham, SA
JournalJ Nutr
Volume136
Issue5
Pagination1334-40
Date Published2006 May
ISSN0022-3166
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Biomarkers, Body Weight, Diet, Feces, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motor Activity, Nitrogen, Potassium, Reproducibility of Results, Specimen Handling
Abstract

Twenty-four-hour urinary nitrogen (UN) is commonly used to validate dietary assessment methods. Potassium is more widespread in food than nitrogen, but the role of 24-h urinary potassium (UK) as a biomarker has been less studied and characterized. To investigate the performance of UK as a recovery biomarker compared with UN in subjects consuming their normal diet, 7 males and 6 females consumed known amounts of food based on their habitual varying diet (assessed beforehand from 4 consecutive 7-d food diaries) for 30 d in a metabolic suite. All daily urine samples and dietary duplicates were collected, and N and K were measured. Stool K was determined in 5-d pooled samples. Thirty-day mean analyzed K intake was 121.3 +/- 25.1 (mean +/- SD) mmol/d. Overall, 77 +/- 6.7% of K in the diet was excreted in urine and 18 +/- 5% in stool. Dietary K was correlated with UK (r = 0.89; P < 0.001). UN was 77.7 +/- 6.6% of N intake and was correlated with N in the diet (r = 0.87; P < 0.001). When 16 d of intake and 8 d of urine-collection measurements were randomly selected from the 30-d measurements, correlations were significant for both K (r = 0.86; P < 0.001) and N (r = 0.92; P < 0.001). The high correlations between UK and K in the diet show that UK is a reliable recovery biomarker for use in studies of dietary measurement error. Factors for use of urinary N as a recovery biomarker are also confirmed.

DOI10.1093/jn/136.5.1334
Alternate JournalJ. Nutr.
Citation Key10.1093/jn/136.5.1334
PubMed ID16614426