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Will consuming lots of sodium make me gain weight?

Will consuming lots of sodium make me gain weight?

It could: Especially if you have a predisposing factor to retain sodium (like kidney disease). However, this increased weight would be fluid, and not fat or muscle. ...Read more

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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How can sodium effect your body in terms of weight gain?

How can sodium effect your body in terms of weight gain?

High Na stores water: Sodium is an electrolyte that is found outside cells in the interstitial fluid. It helps to maintain cellular neutrality. It is one of the players in the action potential. This element likes water. When high, body holds unto water(drink more) and when low body looses water(urination). Sodium helps body maintain a certain osmolar range(275-295) and any shift in this cause body to retain or excrete. ...Read more

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Fiance is tp1 diabetic and has unusual spikes that go up to 500 mg/dl. Unbalanced diet, stressed, and hosp. 3x for low sodium. Can't gain weight. Help!

Fiance is tp1 diabetic and has unusual spikes that go up to 500 mg/dl. Unbalanced diet, stressed, and hosp. 3x for low sodium. Can't gain weight. Help!

Key=unbalanced diet: Unusual spikes, 3 hospitalizations & can't gain weight are all due to unbalanced diet. He needs to learn to eat in such a way as to avoid spiking his sugars, then dropping them. He also needs to learn to take his medications as directed by working closely w/his diabetologist to minimize risk of going blind, having a stroke/heart attack/amputation or going into kidney failure on dialysis. ...Read more

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I haven't gain weight but my face much bigger than before, I had enough water and don't eat high sodium food, what is the reason? How to make it small?

I haven't gain weight but my face much bigger than before, I had enough water and don't eat high sodium food, what is the reason? How to make it small?

Fat or water: If you have recently gained weight, your face will be bigger from fat. If you haven't, then you may have swelling from fluid, which can have many causes. Best to see a doctor for an initial check to make sure there isn't a medical reason for facial swelling. (rarely, this is the result of kidney problems, low protein level, excess corticosteroids, vein blockage, etc.) good luck. ...Read more

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On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

No but see your PCP.: Both medications have been known to cause weight gain, one not more than the other. However, there are other factors that can also make you gain weight, the use of other medications, poor eating habits, lack of exercis. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight but I fried up 3 pieces of smoked ham lunch meat with my eggs I heard the sodium makes you gain water weight?

I'm trying to lose weight but I fried up 3 pieces of smoked ham lunch meat with my eggs I heard the sodium makes you gain water weight?

Use salt in modera: Your diet sounds good to me!
Eating high protein, high fat diet will keep you healthy and slim. Please add some fruits, vegis, spices and herbes- peppers and others (they all help the metabolism, digestion, act as antioxidants, …).
Also, try to eat organic meets and vegis as much as possible. ...Read more

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Why am I gaining weight on Lasix? My calorie intake is 900 to 1500 per day. My sodium intake is 600 – 900 milligrams per day.

Why am I gaining weight on Lasix? My calorie intake is 900 to 1500 per day. My sodium intake is 600 – 900 milligrams per day.

Weight gain: Why are you taking lasix? In determining your proper intake of daily calories, one has to know what your ideal weight, present weight and level of daily physical activity are. If you are currently at ideal weight and don't expend much energy in your daily activities, then a daily intake of 1200-1500 calories should prevent weight gain. This amount of calories may be too much if you're very inactive. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone to feel hungry for a day after consuming 2x 225mg naproxen sodium, and result in weight gain due to continuously consumption.

Is it normal for someone to feel hungry for a day after consuming 2x 225mg naproxen sodium, and result in weight gain due to continuously consumption.

Not good: Naproxen is one of several drugs that are called Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. They all cause injury to the lining of your intestine and stomach. Your discomfort may decrease with eating, but the medicines are still dangerous.
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Fatigue 1 year, muscle loss but central weight gain, low sodium (135), cortisol at top of range, could this be an early stage sclc. CT was negative.

Fatigue 1 year, muscle loss but central weight gain, low sodium (135), cortisol at top of range, could this be an early stage sclc.  CT was negative.

Yes - but very rare: B"sd do you mean small cell lung cancer? Elevated cortisol can be related to stress or to pituitary, adrenal or rarely, ectopic ACTH as in lung cancer. The best screening test is late night salivary cortisol (or a blood cortisol — but this is inconvenient in late PM). Normal cortisol is highest in the AM and close to zero late in the day. This is complicated. Glad to discuss. ...Read more

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Diet plan? Low in sodium? Helping my BP and my weight?

Diet plan? Low in sodium? Helping my BP and my weight?

DASH diet: Diet approaches to stop hypertension, can get it online. Easy, tasty, no gimmicks, able to stick with it long term. Emphasizes whole grains, legumes, veggies, fruits, low fat dairy, lean animal, especially fish, nuts. Low in sodium, fat, high in potassium, fiber; good supply of calcium. Shown in studies to help with bp, weight, blood sugar, cholesterol. ...Read more

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Being used to spice rich curried food over the half century of my life now with high BP 140/90 I am advised to cut down on sodium and weight. How?

Being used to spice rich curried food over the half century of my life now with high BP 140/90 I am advised to cut down on sodium and weight. How?

Only reduce salt if:: While on an average increased sodium increases the risk of heart disease, actually only about 25% of people will have reduced blood pressure by limiting sodium. Try a low-sodium diet for a week- see if it lowers BP ; if it goes up when you eat more salt than keep it low; for most it makes no difference. For weight loss I advise dr. Fuhrman's diet and exercise. See comment for links. ...Read more

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Can creatinine be falsely low in volume overloaded patient? Gained 10%, edema but crt went down from 2.2 to 1.4. Using na bicarb and weekly diuretic.

Can creatinine be falsely low in volume overloaded patient? Gained 10%, edema but crt went down from 2.2 to 1.4.  Using na bicarb and weekly diuretic.

Not exactly: The change can occur depends on in why your creatine is up. Usually it reflects your muscle mass and is a muscle breakdown product that is excreted by the kidney and measures for renal function. It can improve and your did ...Read more

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How will eating a lot of sodium while dieting affect my weight loss?

How will eating a lot of sodium while dieting affect my weight loss?

Slow it down: The sodium load will cause water retention, which weighs 8 lbs per gallon. Oh, and too much salt is not good for you anyway, so try to reduce the added salt slowly until can eat w/o any added. ...Read more

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If taking warfarin sodium will there be any reaction if I wanted to take a nutrition program to lose weight? Is there an alternative to warfarin

If taking warfarin sodium will there be any reaction if I wanted to take a nutrition program to lose weight? Is there an alternative to warfarin

Warfarin and dieting: A balanced nutrition program should be fine while on warfarin. There are some foods that can interefer with warfarin. Pradaxa is a newly released medication that is an alternative to warfarin. It is much more expensive and may not be covered by insurance. It can cause GI (intenstinal) side effects. It does not require blood tests which are required to monitor warfarin doses. ...Read more

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Levothyroxine sodium for hypothyroidism. How long before the weight starts to come off?

Levothyroxine sodium for hypothyroidism.  How long before the weight starts to come off?

Response will vary: Weight loss does not necessarily come when treated with thyroid replacement for hypothyroidism or for any other reason. The medication takes time to work and may require dose adjustment to get the correct dose. Weight loss may or may not accompany proper treatment. ...Read more

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I'm taking levothyroxine sodium 125 mcg per day, what supplement can I take to lose weight? I eat healty & exer. I weight 194.I'm 47yr. Old,

I'm taking levothyroxine sodium 125 mcg per day, what supplement can I take to lose weight? I eat healty & exer. I weight 194.I'm 47yr. Old,

No easy answer: As long as your thyroid level is normal, this is not the reason for your weight problem. Although supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry, there are very few if any legitimate studies that show that they work. You should get a full examination to make sure there are no other reasons for your weight problem, after that it comes down to the basic reality of fewer calories in, more exercise. ...Read more

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What is the % of kidney function in 6 week prem baby with a cr 407, urea 17.9, sodium 124? L 49cm weight 2.6kg? When would dialysis need to start?

What is the % of kidney function in 6 week prem baby with a cr 407, urea 17.9, sodium 124? L 49cm weight 2.6kg? When would dialysis need to start?

Probably now: These levels are high & in at uremic levels. Baby needs to be under a pediatric nephrologist and will noo doubt require peritoneal dialysis unless baby has bilateral obstructed hydronephrosis which can be drained by nephrostomy tube/s. Creatinine & urea in usa are expressed in mg% unlike uk & commonwealth countries who use si, cr of 407micrm/l = 407/88=4.6mg%, urea of 17.9= 19.9/0.36=50mg% ...Read more

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I have POTS can't exercise standing up. What exercises can I do that will help me lose weight/tone? How do I eat healthy on a high sodium diet?

I have POTS can't exercise standing up. What exercises can I do that will help me lose weight/tone? How do I eat healthy on a high sodium diet?

Squats/calf raises: Squats and calf raises increase your blood pressure which is the problem in POTS. These are also exercises you can do if you start to feel dizzy while doing other things ...Read more

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