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Doctor insights on: Low Sodium In Blood Chemistry

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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


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High protein level in blood results?

High protein level in blood results?

HIgh protein level: High blood protein (hbp) level can be caused by dehydration causing bengin elevation of proteins. Other more serious causes of hbp are chronic inflammation, ameyloidosis, hiv/aids, multiple myeloma and monoclonical gammopathies. I would suggest your seeing an hematologist if the cause of your hbp is not due to dehydration as soon as you can to arrive at the correct cause of your hbp level. ...Read more

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Are salt levels and potassium levels in the blood related?

Are salt levels and potassium levels in the blood related?

Yes, and no.: Sodium and potassium are both positive elements that when combined with negative chloride molecules make salts that are both important parts of serum, and potassium in particular an important element in red blood cells (nb: sea water is very similar in composition to our blood). Abnormalities of potassium (hypo or hyperkalemia) or sodium (hypo/hypernatremia) are very distinct entities. ...Read more

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What can happen when the blood test show low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level and high anion gap?

What can happen when the blood test show low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level and high anion gap?

Seek the cause: This can be due to any thing from exercising hard and not being fully recovered, to being in shock, to having some unmeasured anion (aspirin, drank antifreeze, diabetic ketoacidosis), to a variety of other things. Your physician is hopefully competent and can find the cause -- it's one of the most basic workups in medicine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What changes in blood volume, blood potassium, urine volume and urine sodium would turn on the raa system?

What changes in blood volume, blood potassium, urine volume and urine sodium would turn on the raa system?

RAAS turn ons: The renin angiotensin aldosterone system is designed to maintain blood volume. It is turned on when there are actual fluid deficits, such as vomiting or dehydration, or deficits perceived by the kidney as those patients with congestive heart failure. As a result of increased activity of the RAAS, urine volume and sodium losses by the kidney decreases. High potassium is possible, as well. ...Read more

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What causes low sodium in the blood?

What causes low sodium in the blood?

Many causes!: Drinking beer to excess. Drinking water to excess. Poor adrenal gland functioning (addison's). Certain medications, usually for psychiatric issues. And many more! ...Read more

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What can cause low blood potassium and high potassium in urine? No diuretic taking.

What can cause low blood potassium and high potassium in urine? No diuretic taking.

Varies: diuretics are very common. Any other medication? Nephroparhy with potassium loss. Some adrenal issues. Need full history and exams and imaging ...Read more

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Food to eat with low blood pressure/ low glucose level?

Food to eat with low blood pressure/ low glucose level?

Bp: How low is your blood presurre and how low is your blood sugar levels ? ...Read more

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How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

Different approach: It's very hard to measure the sodium in your diet outside of a research protocol. Try this instead: never add salt at the table unless you've tasted it and you have to have it. Avoid known salty foods like potato chips, pretzels and salted nuts. Be careful about fast food and convenience foods which tend to be salty. Follow these steps and you'll be on the best low salt diet that's reasonable ...Read more

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Low aldosterone ~3, normal renin. Low Na, co2, high k in blood. Creatinine 1.4-2.2 in same week.Can type 4 RTA cause this fluctuation in diabetic ckd?

Low aldosterone ~3, normal renin. Low Na, co2, high k in blood. Creatinine 1.4-2.2 in same week.Can type 4 RTA cause this fluctuation in diabetic ckd?

Creat fluctuates: Many things cause Cr to go up or down. So need to answer these questions. 1.What meds r u taking? 2. Any imaging procedure with contrast? 3. recent dehydration? 4 recent illness" and many more. When you had gotten all this together consult with me and can probably help figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141(135-145), potassium 3.4(3.5-5.0) confused, shouldnt sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Low aldosterone, normal renin. Sodium 141(135-145), potassium 3.4(3.5-5.0) confused, shouldnt sodium be lower if low aldosterone and potassium higher?

Sodium is difficult: Sodium regulation is complex and not directly related to any single hormone. Mineralocorticoids like Fludrocortisone can increase sodium a bit and do cause sodium retention of sodium, but the sodium level is mostly regulated by a hormone called adh (vasopressin). ...Read more

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Is a low blood glucose or high blood glucose better?

Is a low blood glucose or high blood glucose better?

Neither: Neither are good for you but the more dangerous one is low blood sugar. The effect of low blood sugar is quicker and you can definitely die from it. ...Read more

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Any feedback on high urinary output without excessive intake, electrolytes off in blood and 24hr urine. Also, High protein in urine, low nitrogen ua?

Any feedback on high urinary output without excessive intake, electrolytes off in blood and 24hr urine. Also, High protein in urine, low  nitrogen ua?

Nephrologist: A kidney specialist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. High urinary output out of proportion to fluid intake could be due to a pituitary gland problem,diabetes mellitus, or primary kidney disease. High protein in the urine suggests kidney damage. The nephrologist will order the appropriate tests and diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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Does low blood pressure and low sugar go hand in hand what causes low blood pressure and low blood sugar?

Does low blood pressure and low sugar go hand in hand what causes low blood pressure and low blood sugar?

A Few Things: Low blood sugar and low blood pressure can be seen together in patients with sepsis, an addisonian crisis, some other things. The 2 don't necessarily go hand in hand. People with diabetes and other metabolic conditions will often have low blood sugar, but normal blood pressure. There are other conditions where blood pressure is low and sugars are normal like pots, etc. ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement , which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Does a slightly low potassium and calcium blood level indicate kidney failure?

Does a slightly low potassium and calcium blood level indicate kidney failure?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily, best to follow up. Sometimes corrected with diet and supplements. Slight fluctuations do not indicate failure, but more the need for monitoring and correction. ...Read more