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is there a relation between alzheimer's disease and sodium levels?

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Dr. Balminder Mangat
47 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: Sodium levels.....Low or high doesnot cause alzheimers but such patients for various reasons can have abnormal values.
Answered on Sep 24, 2016
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
No, but can mimic: Low sodium levels can cause symptoms that mimic dementias like alzheimer's, and can worsen cognitive function in people who actually do have alzheimer's. Hyponatremia is a "treatable cause" of delirium -- or relatively acute onset of confusion, disorientation, memory dysfunction, etc associated with a medical cause. But it is not the same as alzheimer's disease.
Answered on Apr 16, 2014
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