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Dr. Al Hegab
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Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


Dr. Al Hegab
11 doctors shared insights

Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


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How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

More fruit in diet: You can eat more fruits rich in potassium such as tomatoes oranges bananas. The dash diet is good on outlining this ...Read more

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Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosis is correlated with vitamin d deficiency. I'd have your calcium and vitamin d levels checked. Resistance exercises also help build stronger bones. There are side-effects to bisphosphonate therapy, but believed that their benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Taking Divalproex sodium DR 250mg. I'm only taking it once a day only at night. Is that okay? Is that bad only taking it once a day instead of two?

Taking Divalproex sodium DR 250mg. I'm only taking it once a day only at night. Is that okay? Is that bad only taking it once a day instead of two?

Comments: You provide no clue as to why you are taking Divalproex sodium, but once daily in the non-ER form could well be insufficient to control your problem beyond half a day. Suggest Concierge visit to get this ironed out. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Tip)

Eating a Low-Sodium Diet

Eating out anywhere is going to put you over your sodium restriction. ...See more

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I have tn i was on trilepal first it depleted my sodium. I'm on gabapintin and dilanta .Their putting me on low does of tegroel . Will this depleted s?

I have tn i was on trilepal first it depleted my sodium. I'm on gabapintin and dilanta .Their putting me on low does of tegroel . Will this depleted s?

Low sodium: The incidence of low-sodium with tegretol is significantly lower then the incidence of low-sodium with trileptal.(na+ ?134 meq/l) was 29.9% among oxc-treated patients and 13.5% among cbz-treated patients (p < 0.0001). Hyponatremia (na+ ?128 meq/l) was severe: 12.4% of oxc-treated patients and 2.8% of cbz-treated patients (p < 0.001).www.neurology.org/content/65/12/1976.abstract best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

Side effect: Trileptal causes many adverse effects and low sodium is but one. There are many far better anti-epileptic drugs with fewer side effects. Is there a specific reason you should be on trileptal, other than fact it is generic and cheap? Discuss with your doctor, but you are not in any imminent danger yet. Do weigh the benefits and risks and make decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more