Common Signs of Dehydration
From the Nurse's Desk
Did you know the human body is made up of approximately 70 percent water? It makes sense, then, that fluids are vital for the majority of our bodily functions including protecting our joints, maintaining organ function, transporting oxygen to cells, and sustaining body temperature. The body can become dehydrated fairly quickly due to excess perspiration, hot weather, sun exposure, and lack of fluids throughout the day.
Seniors have certain risk factors that may make them more susceptible to dehydration. Some of these risk factors include reduced thirst signals, increased memory problems causing them to forget when they last drank fluids, and might be taking medications that may contribute to risk of dehydration.
Dehydration can sneak up on you and your loved ones during hot and humid summer months, so it's best to be aware of the symptoms to be able to stop its progression. Here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Light headed
- Heart rate increase
- Muscle cramps
Knowing your risk factors and symptoms is a good start to preventing dehydration. For more information on diagnosing and treating dehydration please consult your physician.
Source: activebeat.com; betterhealthwhileaging.net