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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?

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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

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What are symptoms of sodium deficiency?

Many: Some people with an acute change in the salt level may have seizures. Sedation and confusion are other common symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a salt deficiency kill my boyfriend?

Don't know enough: about situation. Severe hypnatremia can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a sodium deficiency?

What are the signs and symptoms of a sodium deficiency?

Sodium deficiency: Low BP, thirst, wight loss, vomiting, confusion, coma, cramps, seizures, death. ...Read more

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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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How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

Water excess: Hi. Hyponatremia is virtually ALWAYS due to water excess, NOT sodium deficiency. Depending on how LOW below normal your sodium is, correction may have to be done fairly gradually to prevent harm. You need to see a competent diagnostician to assess your volume status (fluid overloaded, dehydrated, or normal), and causative conditions, then institute water restriction (or a vaptan drug). Good luck! ...Read more

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Sodium deficiency and fluid on the lungs, what are things that need to be done?

Sodium deficiency and fluid on the lungs, what are things that need to be done?

Manage lung disease: Low sodium level frequently occurs due to lung disease. The fluids around the lungs need to be managed. If corrected, the the sodium will be corrected. For instance, if pneumonia or infection of pleura are treated then the fluid will resolve and sodium too. Taking more sodium/salt by mouth is the wrong approach. Also, cancer of the lungs can cause this picture. Discuss findings with your doctor. ...Read more

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What salt is in ferramax 150 and what kind of iron deficiency is it used to treat usually ?

What salt is in ferramax 150 and what kind of iron deficiency is it used to treat usually ?

Polysaccharide-iron: There are many iron supplement preparations in the market today. Each manufacturer will expound there product is better than the others. Evidence-based data from large clinical trials show that ferrous salt preparations are equally tolerable. Controlled- release iron tablets cause less nausea and epigraphic pain but are more expensive. Fewer discontinuation rates in polysaccharide iron complexes. ...Read more

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I never add table salt to anything I consume. Is this a concern for iodine deficiency? Is the sodium in bread, burritos, etc iodized?

I never add table salt to anything I consume.  Is this a concern for iodine deficiency?  Is the sodium in bread, burritos, etc iodized?

Iodine deficiency: 43 M I never add table salt to anything I consume. Is this a concern for iodine deficiency? Is the sodium in bread, burritos, etc iodized? In the US bread and many other thinks cooked with salt in them use iodized salt. Discuss with your Dr. if you are consuming <500 mg Na Cl per day. You can use Fitness Pal app to track. ...Read more

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My dad got his kidney transplanted last year. From past 2-3 months he is suffering sodium deficiency. His sodium levels keep fluctuating. What to do?

My dad got his kidney transplanted last year. From past 2-3 months he is suffering sodium deficiency. His sodium levels keep fluctuating. What to do?

See below: It's normal to have some fluctuations to any electrolyte, within reason. If it's drastic, then it's best to notify the doctor caring for him and the new kidney. ...Read more

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Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?

Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?

Maybe: Hydroxylase deficiency is actually a continuum, and there are many alleles. A workup is probably not worthwhile. Manage unwanted body hair with electrolysis or lasers -- you're doing yourself a favor. If your urinalysis (chemical, sediment), renal functions (BUN, creatinine) and concentrating ability (SG >1.020) while thirsty) are normal, I would not recommend further studies. ...Read more

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Can my carrier status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain my high basal cortisol?

Can my carrier status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain my high basal cortisol?

No: Spot "basal cortisol" levels mean nothing except in context. They help rule some things in and some things out. The highest basal cortisol levels have been found in soldiers in the battlefield and medical students in exams. Ignore all "pop" sites relating to pituitary / adrenal disease and remember that reference ranges are set so that many healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more

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Can the depression caused by acute sodium deficiency be recovered ..because the problem has caused depression and memory loss to my father ..

Can the depression caused by acute sodium deficiency be recovered ..because the problem has caused depression and memory loss to my father ..

It depends.: If the main cause for memory loss is due to to acute sodium deficiency, he will recover when the sodium is replaced . It is rarely just one reason that memory is impaired. His doctor must find out what caused the sodium deficiency and correct the root cause.He should also try to find out whether there are medical problems that can contribute . Depression can also cause memolry deficits . ...Read more

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Can mild sodium deficiency (hyponatraemia) due to prescription drug or other reasons exist when standard blood test for electrolytes is normal?

Can mild sodium deficiency (hyponatraemia) due to prescription drug or other reasons exist when standard blood test for electrolytes is normal?

By definition no: Unless there is a lab error (and these panels are prone to problems), hyponatremia is simply not present if the blood sodium is normal. Some people try to second-guess based on their symptoms; this is understandable but is a mistake. Look for some other cause instead. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant. Severe arm muscles pain amd stiffness. Dr says sodium deficiency. What should I eat, as in diet, to cure this and ease pain?

31 weeks pregnant. Severe arm muscles pain amd stiffness. Dr says sodium deficiency. What should I eat, as in diet, to cure this and ease pain?

Other possibilities: I am skeptical that sodium is the problem. Calcium (e.g. Milk and dairy products) and potassium (e.g. Oj, bananas, raisins) might be helpful. Try different sleeping positions to relieve pressure on your arms and shoulders and also try to stretch out the muscles involved. Meanwhile keep your prenatal appointments! ...Read more

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What is the difference between sodium and potassium deficiencies?

What is the difference between sodium and potassium deficiencies?

Probably not: Potassium is mostly inside the cell, so it doesn't have much effect on urination. Sodium is mostly outside the cell and does cause problems with swelling and urination. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a potassium deficiency. I would get symptomatic from small amounts of sodium. How do I know how much sodium i can have?

I am recovering from a potassium deficiency. I would get symptomatic from small amounts of sodium. How do I know how much sodium i can have?

2500 mg per day: In general, limiting sodium to 2.5 grams per day is a safe range. If playing sports, you will need more. Low potassium is a diagnosis that requires a close f/u with your doc. ...Read more

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Will potassium and sodium deficiency cause muscle pain and strain?

Potassium yes: It is very common to experience muscular problems with low potassium but not all causes of cramps, muscle pain or strain are due to low potassium. Low sodium is less likely to be associated to muscle pain and strain. ...Read more

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