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Dehydration and Sodium Levels

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author image Ruben J. Nazario
Ruben J. Nazario has been a medical writer and editor since 2007. His work has appeared in national print and online publications. Nazario is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and is board-certified in pediatrics. He also has a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Regulation of Water and Electrolytes

Water and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, are monitored and controlled by the body. This regulation helps to ensure that

Dehydration with Elevated Sodium Levels

Dehydration generally causes elevated sodium levels in the blood, called hypernatremia. This occurs because most causes of fluid loss from the body -- sweating, vomiting, diarrhea -- result in more water loss than electrolyte loss, increasing the ratio of sodium to water in the blood (ref?).

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