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What is the rate of incidence for sodium metabolism disorders?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
The rate of incidence for sodium metabolism disorders is fairly high, with hyponatremia (low sodium) being the most common type. Sodium metabolism disorders can arise from a wide range of underlying causes, including vomiting, diarrhea, renal failure, heart failure, severe burns, and much more. Because there are so many underlying causes, sodium metabolism disorders can occur frequently. Sodium metabolism disorders tend to be more common in older persons;  kidney function declines with age. Also, the elderly have less fluid in the body overall, may have more trouble getting properly hydrated, and may take medications that cause greater fluid loss.

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