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Is 131 too low for sodium level?

Is 131 too low for sodium level?

Hyponatremia: Sodium is an important electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of water that's in and around your cells. A normal sodium level is 135 to145 (meq/l. Under 130 is alerting (hyponatremia ). If you have the symptoms of low blood sodium, see your doctor for a blood test. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Will low salt low sodium diets lead to iodine deficiency?

Will low salt low sodium diets lead to iodine deficiency?

Unlikely: You get iodine from other food sources beside salt, so you will not have iodine deficiency by cutting back salt. ...Read more

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Which foods high potassium intake?

Which foods high potassium intake?

Many foods: Salamualaikum! These include sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, bananas, yogurt, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, fish, soybeans, winter squash, milk, orange juice. ...Read more

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What are good high protein foods with low sodium foods?

What are good high protein foods with low sodium foods?

Depends: If you eat dairy products you can try greek yogurt or cottage cheese (otherwise soy/almond/coconut yogurt). Non dairy sources include chia seeds, beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, artichokes, broccoli, avocado, asparagus, tofu, peas, spinach, beet greens, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans. ...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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Are low carb high fat diets safe?

Are low carb high fat diets safe?

Safe but not healthy: Low carb is good especially low refined carbs but high fat is not good especially animal fats. Beware of foods that come from animals that walk on 4 legs (or that are mistreated!) eat lots of fruit vegetables grains high quality protein. If you are diabetic watch out for the fruit. There are a lot of very good websites that can advise you on healthy diets. And don't forget to be active! ...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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Low fat low carb ketogenic diet for person with high bilirubin?

Low fat low carb ketogenic diet for person with high bilirubin?

Let's talk: If your only finding on chemical profile is a consistently high indirect bilirubin and you feel fine, you almost certainly have gilbert's and this is a non-problem that you should not try to address. If consistently high indirect, dubin-johnson is likely, same advice. If you have high bilirubin from an identified or unidentified illness, get with your physician before you try this diet. ...Read more

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A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride,33.3%sodium chloride.Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride,33.3%sodium chloride.Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

Use caution.: Salt intake and salt replacements are getting a lot of press lately. Sodium load in a diet is getting out of control due to practices of our food industry and taste requirements. People look at the alternatives and Potaccium is one of them. A usual replacement shows that the ratio of NaCL/KCl should be 60/40. So your salt may be showing an unusual ratio. But be aware that it is quantity not ratio. ...Read more

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Is gavilyte-G solution safe for heart patients with chronically low potassium and low blood sugar??

Is gavilyte-G solution safe for heart patients with chronically low potassium and low blood sugar??

Here are some...: Are you going to have colonoscopy? If so, direct this Q to your doctor who will perform it since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. Generally speaking, follow the written instruction + common sense will suit most of people. In reality, despite exercising all precaution, some adverse effects may still occur to few because behind what we know still hides the unknown ...Read more

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What causes a high anion gap and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

What causes a high anion gap and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

Metabolic Acidosis: In medicine, metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces too much acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. If unchecked, metabolic acidosis leads to acidemia, i.e., blood ph is low (less than 7.35) due to increased production of hydrogen by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (hco3-) in the kidney. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended high protein, low calorie & low sugar foods?

What are reliable, doctor-recommended high protein, low calorie & low sugar foods?

Many!: Meats (all lean), cheeses, greens, spinach, beans, lentils. Too many to name. Whey protein-great supplement. Many high protein-no or low-sugar products made by eas and atkin's. ...Read more

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Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

No: Low magnesium can cause low calcium + low potassium. Diuretics can cause high calcium and low potassium. Are you on any meds? ...Read more

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Is sodium coco sulfate safer than sodium lauryl sulfate?

Is sodium coco sulfate safer than sodium lauryl sulfate?

Not sure: Not sure about all those ingredients in our shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and creams. I presume they all end up in our waters when we shower. The site, http://chemicaloftheday.Squarespace.Com/qa/2011/9/26/sodium-coco-sulfate.Html, has a well-written answer. If the answer is correct, it sounds like the 2 chemicals are similar and equally good or equally bad, depending on one's view. ...Read more

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Is there any disadvantage/ side effect to low sodium salt? When compared to salt, is low sodium salt definitely better alternative?

Is there any disadvantage/ side effect to low sodium salt?  When compared to salt, is low sodium salt definitely better alternative?

Probably no need: Views about sodium have changed over the years. The current consensus is higher sodium intake is harmless in the absence of high blood pressure and certain heart, kidney, liver or other metabolic problems. Probably you can use salt in cooking and salt your food to taste without worry. Salt substitues usually have potassium, which can have its own problems. If in doubt, check w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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What food is high in carbs and potassium, but low on sodium and calories?

What food is high in carbs and potassium, but low on sodium and calories?

Most grains.: Most grains are high in carbs and low in sodium, unless added. All are high in potassium. ...Read more

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Does sweetener zero calories contain lactose sucrose leucine crosscarmellose sodium which is diet sweetener effect on triglycerides like sugar ?

Does sweetener zero calories contain lactose sucrose leucine crosscarmellose sodium which is diet sweetener effect on triglycerides like sugar ?

Sweeteners: Don't have calories, i agree. The trouble is that our taste mechanism is made up of 6 stimulants--- sweet, sour bitter, salt, astringent, and metal. All god made food provides flavor from permutations and combinations of the 6. A single sweet input provides a jolt of pleasure that is addictive. It is brain signals that govern our ability to adapt to our environment. We need to obey diet rules. ...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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Blood co2 low ~15 on arb with low aldosterone. Neph prescribed sodium bicarb but cardiologist does not recommend. High phos, k. Is calcium bicarb ok?

Blood co2 low ~15 on arb with low aldosterone. Neph prescribed sodium bicarb but cardiologist does not recommend.  High phos, k. Is calcium bicarb ok?

Details, details: You can't really expect someone to recommend how to treat you by looking at a few numbers. You have to sit down with a doc face-to-face with whatever info you have and discuss your situation with him/her. This is not to be done in 400 spaces. You noted that 2 doc's you spoke to had differing opinions! What is that telling you! ...Read more