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Dehydration an issue for elderly people, says says research

December, 2014 water

 

Figures presented at a Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) conference showed those with dementia were six times more likely to be dehydrated.

Being dehydrated could cause confusion as well as an increased risk of heart disease, infection and falls and research had shown that the level of anxiety among residents in a care home could fall enormously if they are getting enough fluid.

Dehydration can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much of your body weight is lost through fluids.

Two early signs of dehydration are thirst and dark coloured urine. This is the body’s way of trying to increase water intake and decrease water loss.

 

Other symptoms may include:

  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • passing small amounts of urine infrequently (less than three or four times a day)

You should be able to reverse dehydration at this stage by drinking more fluids, without medical attention.

See your GP if your symptoms continue despite drinking fluids.

 

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