Some signs of health issues appear all of a sudden, for example, severe pain, difficulty breathing, etc. Others appear gradually leading to serious health complications, dehydration being one of them. This article aims to delve deep into the risks and warning signs of dehydration so that you can prevent it. There’s no doubt that awareness is the first and the most important step in avoiding any health issue.
Dehydration is very common in the elderly, but people often fail to realize the seriousness of it. The importance of water for the many functions of your body cannot be emphasized enough, for example, cognitive function, skin hydration, temperature regulation, elimination of waste, and more. Dehydration is a sign that the body lacks adequate water to support the aforementioned processes, which can have huge repercussions for your health. Seniors are at a greater risk than young people due to the following reasons:
Other reasons for dehydration in the elderly could be sweating in excess, diarrhea, diabetes. Again dehydration over a period of time can lead to kidney problems, constipation, seizures, heat strokes and loss of balance.
The good part is dehydration in seniors can be prevented very easily in the following ways:
Seek medical attention right away if you notice signs indicating severe dehydration, which may manifest in the following ways:
Signs of severe dehydration can range from fast heart rate, inability to walk, a drop in blood pressure, severe cramping in limbs, confusion, to diarrhea or vomiting lasting longer than a day, loose skin (no elasticity), and fast breathing.