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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...
Summer is upon us, along with summer Migraines. Many of us have seen an increase in Migraines lately due to weather changes . There's nothing we can do to avoid changes in the weather, but we can avoid another common summer Migraine trigger — dehydration.
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 Migraine or headache trigger.
You can read more about dehydration and how to avoid it in Dehydration -- An Avoidable Migraine Trigger .
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I realize your bigger concern tends to be how to LOWER high blood pressure , but today I want to touch on the reverse so you are aware of this potential problem.
Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension , is when your blood pressure drops below 90 mm Hg systolic (top number) or 60 mm Hg diastolic (bottom number).
If your blood pressure is normally on the low side, it’s not a concern as long as you are not experiencing symptoms associated with low blood pressure.
Lack of concentration
Rapid, shallow breathing
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to take action to correct and prevent blood pressure from dropping too low.
Dehydration and blood pressure
Dehydration can actually cause your blood pressure to be low …and not in a good way.
Dehydration is a lack of fluid in the body, often caused by inadequate fluid intake or excess fluid loss. ...
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