Dehydration is common among over 60s, yet some are not aware of the dire consequences – and the damage it can have on your body and health.
It’s important that we keep an eye on our fluid intake so we’re taking a look at how you can prevent dehydration, recognise it and then treat it.
What causes dehydration?
Inadequate water intake is often what we think of when we think of the main cause of dehydration, but in actuality, medication such as diuretics, diarrhea, sweating, loss and blood and diabetes can make you much more dehydrated…and fast.
Unfortunately, as we get older, we don’t often feel thirsty, even though we are. This means we can forget to drink some water and stay hydrated, and can – in some cases – end up in hospital.
As we get older, our kidneys aren’t as good at removing toxins from our blood, therefore our kidneys aren’t as efficient, so we lose more water than we used to.
When we become dehydrated, there are health consequences such as loss of consciousness, weak pulse and lowered blood pressure – if not treated quickly, dehydration can be fatal.