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Doctor insights on: Salt Craving Deficiency

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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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Does craving salt mean iron defency?

Does craving salt mean iron defency?

Sometimes: That is one symptom of iron deficiency - however it is not necessary or frequently present. Craving salt can also be due to other issues as well, often due to endocrine or kidney problems. ...Read more

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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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Do alcoholics crave salt?

No: No more than anyone else craves salt. (unless margaritas are the drink of choice and then, only around the rim of the glass). ...Read more

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Is craving dirt possibly anemia?

Is craving dirt possibly anemia?

Yes: Craving dirt, or many other crunchy materials (ice, starch, etc) is called "pica" and may be a sign of iron deficiency. There is no known explanation for this but it has been postulated that our ancient or prehistoric forefathers might have corrected severe iron deficiency by getting iron out of eating iron-containing dirt or pebbles. ...Read more

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Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

Will low iodine cause salt cravings and high bp?

No : Iodine is added to salt to help prevent goiter (thyroid deficiency) because it's an easy way to introduce iodine into the population. It has nothing to do with salt per se. Nor will it affect your bp. ...Read more

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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more

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Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

Probably not: Postural tachycardia syndrome is complex overlapping syndrome of unknown causes. Cfs/fm are a part of this array. You and your doc should be able to correct you iron levels, once stable if the pots goes away, that is a 1 to 1 relationship. If when the iron is correct and you still having pots, you need to balance yourself and get a 2nd opinion. Begin a self-care w a wellness program. See my page. ...Read more

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Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

A type of pica: Craving ice is a common symptom seen among patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other chronic anemias. Why this occurs is not fully understood. ...Read more

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Can (severe) vitamin d deficiency cause low blood sugar or insulin problems?

Can (severe) vitamin d deficiency cause low blood sugar or insulin problems?

No: Please do something about your vitamin d deficiency. If you have any reason to think you have real hypoglycemia, seek laboratory confirmation, especially if it's fasting hypoglycemia -- episodes of impaired mental function if you don't eat, corrected by taking glucose / orange juice. Your physician knows how to work this up; ignore most of the 'pop' wisdom. ...Read more

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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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Why excessive sugar intake leads to diabetes?

Why excessive sugar intake leads to diabetes?

Excessive sugar: Yes, it can lead to diabetes. You need to take much less sugar. I don't have a share in this but I am drinking "Lipton, Diet Green Tea". It is free of calories and it is not expensive - 12 bottles (each 16.9 fluid ounces) for somewhere between 4 or 5 dollars. ...Read more

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Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Which form: Which forms the vitamins are can matter. For example, B6 comes inactive and also active. The active form of B6 is pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Too much inactive B6 can actually block active B6 from the B6 receptor, creating symptoms of B6 deficiency. Folic acid is synthetic, and too much can be bad also. Methylfolate and folinic acid are what one should take during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

SIADH and salt?: The syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone (SIADH) is not treated with salt tablets. The choice of therapy is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. Agents used to treat SIADH are either 3% or .9% saline infusions, fluid restriction, loop diuretics, vaptan and demeclocycline. The basic problem of SIADH is fluid accumulation in the body causing a low sodium. Salt tablets don't work. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause vitamin d deficiency and high hemoglobin?

Can diabetes cause vitamin d deficiency and high hemoglobin?

No: Short answer is no. Getting enough sun ? Getting enough dairy? Do you smoke ? Do you intake enough liquids ? ...Read more

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Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Usually not: The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency usually from chronic blood loss (heavy menstrual periods in women or unsuspected bleeding from the stomach or colon). Iron deficiency seems to induce a craving in the diet for something that resembles metallic qualities of iron (hardness, taste or color) - ice cubes or chips, hard candy, or even inedible things like dirt. This is called pica. ...Read more

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High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

See Doctor: It is unusual for a woman who is still in the age group having menstural periods to have a high iron and iron saturation, and also unusual for the ferritin to be completely normal range if the iron is very high. You might have an unusual disease called Hemochromatosis, which is an iron storage disease. Stop any iron or multivit+ mineral supplements and see doc. Might need phlebotomy (take blood ...Read more

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Ignoring the lack of iodine, is sea salt healthier than processed salt?

Ignoring the lack of iodine, is sea salt healthier than processed salt?

Minerals: Sea salt has minerals that are not in pure nacl. These minerals are also found in a normal balanced diet. Sea salt is still mostly nacl, and all of us generally take in too much nacl. Best advice is to use as little salt as needed. ...Read more