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Dehydration Is Dangerous for Senior Health - Part 2

Why is dehydration so common in seniors?

Older adults are more likely to become dehydrated because they naturally have less water in their bodies.

They’re also likely to have health conditions or take medicines that increase their risk of dehydration – like blood pressure medications that flush water from the body.

In addition, seniors:

  • Are less sensitive to the feeling of being thirsty

  • Have a decreased ability to keep fluid levels in balance in the body

  • Have less efficient kidneys, which causes urine to contain more water

  • Often take medications that cause side effects like diarrhea or excessive sweating


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