If people don’t drink enough water, they increase their chances of death by 20 per cent, a study stated.
In a recent study shared with the medical journal The Lancet, researchers from the National Institutes of Health discovered adults who don’t have enough hydration could age quicker and have a higher chance of chronic diseases that cause premature death.
The researchers conducted this study over the course of 25 years, analyzing medical visits from 11,000 US adults from the ages of 45 to 66 and then their follow-up visits at ages 70 to 90.
In the study, hydration was tracked in people by monitoring how much sodium was in their blood. The higher the sodium levels were, the less hydrated the people were.
Fortunately, all of the 11,000 participants’ hydration was within a standard range, as their blood-sodium concentrations ranged from 135 to 146 millimoles per liter.
According to The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, drinking eight glasses of water a day is doable, but the average daily fluid intake needed is around 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) for men and around 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) for women.
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