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Salt craving can sometimes be caused by a serious underlying medical condition, such as adrenal insufficiency or Bartter's syndrome.
Adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) can cause a salt craving that's new, persistent and excessive.
Signs and symptoms of Addison's disease include:
Salt craving can sometimes be a symptom of a rare kidney disorder called Bartter's syndrome.
You'll likely want to have a doctor evaluate your husband's salt cravings, especially if he has other symptoms. Without a demonstrated sodium-losing cause, such as Addison's disease or Bartter's syndrome, eating too much salt generally isn't good for you because it can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.
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