U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Afghanistan
A 31-year-old male asked:

Too little sodium? started eating low fat raw vegan and wondering if my sodium levels will drop too low. consume around 100-150mg a day.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
MAY NEED MORE SODIUM: In a nov. 22, 2011 jama article: a mcmaster university study suggests that both high and low levels of salt intake may put people with heart disease or diabetes at increased risk of cardiovascular complications. Their study is the first to report a j-shaped association between sodium intake and cardiovascular disease. The study is interesting because too little sodium intake may be harmful!-wow.
Dr. Jimmy Lin
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, too little: It is very difficult to be on 150 mg of sodium a day. In the hospital patient with congestive heart failure, we put them on 4 gm (4000 mg) sodium diet and they are complaining. Almost all food has sodium (all meat, fish, vegetables, commercial noodles, potatoes & pastas, etc). So it is almost impossible to take in 150mg/day. Our body does need sodium. No added salt is adequate.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Feb 16, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.