Hyponatremia doesn't happen when a healthy person spreads his or her water intake over the course of the full day. It can happen when marathon runners drink gallons of water and don't replace the electrolytes during a race, or when people with certain psychological disorders can't stop themselves from drinking water. Hyponatremia can also occur in older people and people with certain medical conditions. Someone with hyponatremia needs to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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American Family Physician. "Management of Hyponatremia." Accessed February 9, 2012. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2387.html.