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How To Treat Low Sodium Levels In The Elderly
What happens if our bodies have excess or high blood sodium levels, what happens to the kidney to regulate sodium levels?
Its water problem: Alteration in sodium levels in the blood is related to water loss or gain, not related to sodium intake. Kidneys and thirst mechanism regulate water metabolism, hence sodium levels.If you increase sodium in the blood by increased sweating, kidneys retain more water to normalize sodium levels.If you have less sodium in the blood due to increased retention of ater, kdienys excrete more water. ...Read more
Dehydration: Dehydration is treated with fluids, which can given either by mouth or intravenously, depending on how dehydrated the patient is. How low one's creatinine (c) falls after hydration depends on what the person's baseline c was. Normally, the greater the serum sodium and creatinine are the greater the percentage fall in both after fluids are given. If dehydration is severe, a person is hospitalized. ...Read more
With insulin: When potassium gets high it can be lowered in the blood by shifting it into the cells. Insulin (and some other drugs) do this. Dextrose (glucose) can stimulate production of Insulin for some effect. For very high potassium levels Insulin and dextrose are both given for more vigorous effect. ...Read more
Here's accurate info: Somebody's kidding you or there is a misunderstanding. Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in the blood; the reference range was determined for couch potatoes, and in my series' of athletic medical students, a majority of healthy young people have "elevated levels" just from exercising. It's also high in a few illnesses your physician knows about, but not from "nerves". ...Read more
Other diseases: If you ask me what causes low o2 in a perfectly normal and healthy elderly it makes a difference. There is an alveolar to arterial ratio that changes with age, and o2 is lower in elderly by this notion alone but no to point of hypoxia. There is such thing as senile emphysema by age alone, with the changes like that of the skin. See the compressibility of finger as the machine could restrict pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With time: High levels of LDL and low levels HDL may form an atheromatous plague at your coronary arteries creating a stenosis and an ischemic heart disease with high risk for a heart attack. Depending on family history and other risk factors you chances can get very high. Lifestyle changes early and possibly treating increase chol may prevent the disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Hi! how can I treat low urea level in patient with liver disease and what is the role of lola in lowering urea level ! thanks a lot
Low urea is good: Most labs report "normal" range for blood urea nitrogen as with serum creatinine. In fact BUN should ideally be reported as normal < 20 in adults. Babies should have very low bun, lower the better. Your liver problem is something else and best discussed with your GI dr. ...Read more
If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?
It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fluids: Drink fluids and eat salt and potassium rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and bananas. You may need to take a potassium supplement depending on your deficit. If you don't have diarrhea, vomiting, diuretic use, or nasogastric suction, your potassium will correct itself on its own. ...Read more
High Calcium level: You need to see a doctor, endocrinologist (e), to find out what is causing your calcium (c) to be high. Unfortunately, the causes of high c are not good. You may have vit. D intoxication, hyperparathyroidism or hyperthryodism, sarcoidosis, or a bone tumor, among other causes. Good to a e and get the answer to your question. A high blood level of c is no joking matter. Good luck. ...Read more
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