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Who is most at risk for sodium metabolism disorders?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

While all people of all ages can develop sodium metabolism disorders, older persons are most at risk. There are several reasons for this, including declining kidney function with age, less fluid in the body, and less sensitivity to thirst. Physical immobility and dementia may make it difficult for older persons to access or ask for water when they need it, increasing the risk of dehydration and thus of hypernatremia (a sodium metabolism disorder in which sodium concentrations in the blood are too high).

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