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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

Will Cutting Salt Conscientiously Land You in the Hospital?

Being too strict about cutting salt could lead to hyponatremia, especially if you are taking medications that increase sodium loss.

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Drug Side Effects

Did Hydrochlorothiazide Lead to Dangerously Low Sodium?

Most people worry about consuming too much salt. What happens when someone on a low-salt diet takes a diuretic? Be alert for dangerously low sodium levels.

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Dehydraton

What Happens If You Drink Too Much Water?

Do you need to force yourself to drink eight or ten glasses of water a day, or could you be getting too much water?

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Dehydraton

How to Stay Hydrated in Hot Weather

Trust your sense of thirst to guide you in how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated in hot weather. Other liquids also count.

Illustration of four "no salt" signs
Heart Failure

What Is the Downside of a Low-Sodium Diet?

Following a low-sodium diet too rigorously can put vulnerable older people at risk of confusion and other complications of hyponatremia.

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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

Dehydration Can Be Deadly If Not Corrected Promptly

Treating dehydration may require more than plain water; a solution such as Pedialyte also supplies electrolytes.

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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

Could Cutting Salt Harm Your Health?

A low-sodium diet has long been recommended to help control blood pressure, but there may be dangers in reducing salt too rigorously.

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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

The Danger of Drinking Too Much Water

Athletes who strive to consume water even though they are not thirsty could do harm by diluting the sodium in their bodies.

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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

Dropping Salt Intake Too Low Caused Patient Problems

Restricting salt intake severely can lead to negative health consequences.

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Hyponatremia (low sodium)

Should You Force Yourself to Drink Ten Glasses of Water a Day?

Many people believe that drinking eight or ten glasses of water a day is essential to stay healthy. Experts counter there is no need to over hydrate.

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