What are dietary restrictions for the treatment of hyperaldosteronism?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: George P Chrousos, MD, FAAP, MACP, MACE, FRCP(London); Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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As noted (see above), patients being evaluated for hyperaldosteronism should have a high sodium intake. In adults, a daily sodium intake of 10 g or more is recommended; this amount can be reduced proportionately for children, depending on their size. Regular monitoring of potassium is important when sodium intake is increased in patients with suspected hyperaldosteronism because this measure may unmask hypokalemia.

Medical management of patients with established hyperaldosteronism should include salt restriction. This should include not adding salt to cooking and not having salt on the table. Ideally, patients should receive less than 2 g of sodium chloride per day. Problems with compliance may occur because this degree of restriction is often unpalatable to children.


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