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Who is most at risk for sodium metabolism disorders?

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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What role does dehydration play in sodium metabolism disorders?
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Dehydration can alter the fluid balance of the body, resulting in hypernatremia (a type of sodium me...
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Are sodium metabolism disorders serious?
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Sodium metabolism disorders are not always serious, but in some instances, they can be life-threaten...
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What are sodium metabolism disorders?
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Sodium metabolism disorders occur when sodium levels become unbalanced in the blood. Hyponatremia (l...
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How are the kidneys involved in sodium metabolism disorders?
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Together with several hormones and sensors throughout the body, the kidneys are responsible for regu...
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