The FDA definition of a medical food is: “a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation."
Medical foods were defined back in 1988 with the FDA orphan drug act amendments. Medical foods are subject to the same safety regulation and labeling requirements of the food, drug and cosmetic act.
Examples of medical foods would be amino acids for the treatment of specific diseases like PKU or enteral tube feeds for those with malabsorption.
Another example of a medical food is UreaAide, a food taken orally, under the supervision of your doctor, meant to treat Hyponatremia ( low serum sodium) and is guideline based. We at KidneyAide are meticulous when it comes to the above FDA regulations and requirements. UreaAide is manufactured and stored in an FDA registered cGMP manufacturing facility and we use only high grade USP Urea. It is critical that you are getting the highest quality medical foods for safety and effectiveness. So as we say UreaAide is safe, effective and guideline based so you can rest assured your sodium is in proper balance naturally.
SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate anti diuretic hormone) is essentially a water problem. For reasons your doctor likely figured out your body is holding onto liquids to tightly via a hormone messenger to your kidneys (ADH). Usually the reason for this is some sort of stressor like Pain or Nausea. It may also be related to lung diseases like COPD or brain disturbances like a mass or bleed. Sometimes certain cancers can also cause SIADH, as well as certain medications like Thiazide diuretics. With this water retention your sodium becomes diluted and the sodium number drops. When it is minor say in the low 130's you probably won't feel much different, however as the sodium dilutes further into the 120's or 110's or less, you will likely feel symptoms like fatigue or foggy headed. These lower numbers are also dangerous as they may predispose to Seizures or brain swelling. There are a handful of guideline based therapies for SIADH. Lasix and Salt pills is one example, as well as the pharmaceutical agents Vaptans and of course Urea. Urea usually doesn't taste great but we were able to come up with a formula in UreaAide that tastes great and works well. UreaAide works as an osmotic diuretic which helps your body get rid of the excess water by pulling the water out via the kidney. You should urinate more and begin to bring the sodium level up slowly and safely. Because it is a naturally based product the side effects are negligible.