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What increases my risk for sodium metabolism disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Your risk for sodium metabolism disorders increases with certain drugs (chlorpropamide, carbamazepine, vincristine, antipsychotics, diuretics, opioid painkillers, and others), with age, and with certain other conditions (diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease). Hypernatremia, a sodium metabolism disorder in which blood sodium concentrations are too high, can often be brought on by dehydration. Therefore, not drinking enough fluids can also increase your risk of developing a sodium metabolism disorder.

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