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At least half of the adult human body is made up of water. This fluid is in every cell, between the cells, and inside the blood. Not having enough body water leads to dehydration. In older adults, dehydration is one of the most common reasons for going to the hospital. According to this study, adults who have a hip or knee joint replacement are especially at risk for dehydration. So are adults with a hip fracture. Most patients in this study showed positive test results for dehydration. Notably, they also required twice as long to recover before going home. Even before a health problem occurs, older adults are at risk of dehydration. This is because the body's ability to detect thirst reduces with age. Living alone and depression add to this problem. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure, or bladder infections also play a role in dehydration. Taking diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure can get rid of too much fluid. This puts the heart patient at risk of dehydration. Dehyd...
Although dehydration can occur any time of the year, we're starting into the time of year when it is more likely to occur.
Did you know that the human body is 65% water? Simply put, dehydration occurs as the result of excessive loss of
water from the body, when we lose more water than we take in. It's a
bit more complicated than that since the body loses valuable
electrolytes as well. That's why sports drinks have become so popular;
they replenish electrolytes as well as just fluid. Dehydration can be a
major issue, both in and of itself and as a headache or Migraine trigger .
Let's take a look at dehydration, what it does to the body, how
to treat it, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to prevent it. Read Dehydration - An Avoidable Migraine Trigger .
Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Home Care For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. Muscle aches from overuse and fibromyalgia often respond well to massage. Gentle stretching exercises after a long rest period are also helpful. Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling, and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. A physical therapist can teach you stretching, toning, and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to help you sleep and relax. If home measures aren't working, call your doctor, who will consider prescriptio...
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