Sufficient fluid intake promotes healthy aging and prolongs life

25. January 2023
25. January 2023 Rüdiger Beck

Bethesda/Maryland – Elevated serum sodium concentration, indicating insufficient drinking, is associated with premature aging, an increase in chronic disease, and shorter life expectancy in adults. This came out in a prospective observational study in EBioMedicine (2023; DOI: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104404).

Previous studies have shown that most adults drink too little. The proportion increases with age because the sense of thirst decreases. In Germany, men consumed an average of only 1.5 liters of fluid and women 1.2 liters in a 2011 study. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) advises a total water intake of 2.5 liters for men and 2 liters for women, with 20% being taken in with solid food. The rest must be drunk. © rme/

Source: Ärzteblatt 17.01.2023