Hi. I’ve been doing a huge diet/exercise thing since June 1, about 1 hour/day exercise (stationary bike) + calorie deficit (~1500 cal/day). I’m not a big person, 5’6" 59yo male so this is intense but not nuts. I’d lost 38 pounds in 3 months, which isn’t that crazy a rate. Intense, but not crazy. I’ve been eating good food in smaller quantities, no alcohol, no silly Keto or Paleo or whatever fad, just the old fashioned thing: eat less and exercise. I’m now at 150 pounds: a really good place.
So, anyway: I went for blood work 8/25 and had a sodium deficiency. 128/whatever the scale is. Google says this can happen if you overhydrate; I hadn’t been. I stopped the diet September 1 and started eating normally (probably 2500-3300/cal a day, I stopped measuring) and doing light (<40 min/day) exercise, not strenuous just activity. Little or no sweating, very measured.
Sept 7 I still had a sodium deficiency, about 128 again. I have not been over hydrating, I’m just drinking coffee, water when thirsty. I eat tons of salt on food so I get plenty of sodium.
My doctor today told me she wants to do one more blood test, and if I’m still deficient wants to do a CTI of my lungs and brain. I’m kind of freaked about this. The last time I got in shape at 52 (7 years ago) my PSA tested abnormal and I was eventually diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had surgery 3.5 years ago, so far I’m cancer free. Now this.
So, what freakout level should I be at here? Thanks in advance.