Stay Hydrated for Longer, Healthier Life
We all know that being properly hydrated is important for our daily bodily functions, such as regulating body temperature and maintaining healthy skin. But a recent study found that people who stay hydrated enjoy a longer, healthier life. Researchers found that drinking enough water was associated with a lower risk of developing chronic diseases and a lower risk of dying early or being biologically older than your chronological age.
The study, published in the journal eBioMedicine by the National Institutes of Health, concluded that optimal hydration may slow down the aging process and prolong a disease-free life. The study was based on previous research in mice, which showed that lifelong water restriction increased the serum sodium levels of mice and shortened their lifespan by six months, which is equivalent to about 15 years in human terms.
To test this theory in humans, the researchers used health data collected over a 30-year period from over 11,000 Black and White adults participating in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. The results showed that adults with serum sodium levels at the higher end of the normal range (135 to 146 milliequivalents per liter) had worse health outcomes than those at the lower end of the range. These adults had a higher risk of being biologically older than their chronological age and a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, peripheral artery disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes and dementia.
In fact, those with serum sodium levels above 144 mEq/L had a 50% higher risk of being biologically older and a 21% higher risk of dying early. On the other hand, adults with serum sodium levels between 138 and 140 mEq/L had the lowest risk of developing chronic diseases.
It's important to note that the study did not have information on how much water the participants drank, and more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between hydration and health outcomes. However, this study provides observational evidence of the potential long-term benefits of improved hydration on reducing long-term health outcomes, including mortality.
So, next time you reach for that glass of water, remember that it could be doing more than just quenching your thirst. Proper hydration may just be the key to slowing down the aging process and living a healthier, disease-free life.
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How much water a day? Water: How much should you drink every day? - Mayo Clinic