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What are sodium metabolism disorders?

Sodium metabolism disorders occur when sodium levels become unbalanced in the blood. Hyponatremia (low sodium) and hypernatremia (high sodium) are the two main classifications of sodium metabolism disorders. Sodium is responsible for helping to maintain the fluid balance of the body, and sodium concentrations are regulated by the kidneys and certain hormones. When the body's sodium balance is disrupted, telltale symptoms appear. In particular, the brain is highly sensitive to the body's sodium balance. Both hyponatremia and hypernatremia can result in sluggishness, confusion, twitching, coma, and death.

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