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Staying Hydrated is Healthy

Here in Tucson and across Arizona we have been dealing with record heat this summer.  It is easy to forget to drink enough water, particularly if you spend any amount of time outdoors.  But staying hydrated is not just an issue in the summer.  Drinking water is good for your overall health.

A recent study indicates that staying hydrated may slow down aging, prolong your life and reduce your biological age (relative to your chronological age).  Previous research showed that lower water intake over a lifetime produced higher levels of serum sodium in mice. The researchers studied over 11k adults for a period of 30 years.  People with levels of serum sodium at the higher end of the normal range of 135 to 146 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L) had worse health outcomes.

The participants with serum sodium levels above 142 mEq/L had a 64% increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, lung disease, stroke, and dementia.  They were 10-15% more likely to be biologically older than their counterparts with serum sodium levels below 142 mEq/L.

The situation was significantly worse for the group with serum sodium levels above 144 mEq/L.  These people were 50% more likely to be biologically older than people with lower levels.  They had a 21% higher risk of dying earlier.

It is estimated that 50% of the population does not drink enough water daily.  The recommended daily intake of water is 90 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men.

SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers help increase quality of life for clients by assisting with a variety of daily tasks.  Caregivers encourage hydration and proper nutrition.