Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hyperaldosteronism Home Care

Home care for aldosteronism includes:

  • Eat a low salt diet.
  • Regular exercise program.
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Weight loss if you are overweight.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Hyperaldosteronism Low Salt Diet

A person with aldosteronism may benefit from a diet low in salt.

A low salt diet contains less than 1,500 mg (1.5 grams) of salt per day. One teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 mg of sodium.

Tips on how to reduce your salt consumption:

  • Avoid cooking with salt.
  • Avoid fast food.
  • Avoid salty foods such as:
    • Pickles
    • Cured meats
    • Salty snacks
    • Canned soup
  • Avoid seasonings that contain sodium such as:
    • Soy sauce
    • Steak sauce
    • Garlic and onion salt
    • Monosodium glutamate
  • Do not add salt to your food after it is prepared.
  • Read food labels and buy foods that are low in salt.
  • When eating out, ask that your food be prepared without added salt.

Hyperaldosteronism Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have aldosteronism and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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