Adults who stay well-hydrated appear to live longer, finds study

According to the study, adults with higher levels of "serum sodium levels" were also more likely to die at a younger age.

Most common factor that increases serum sodium in body is decreased body water content.
Most common factor that increases serum sodium in body is decreased body water content.

Health News, Health and Fitness: Our parents and grandparents always ask us to keep hydrated, especially in summer. But a new study has found that those adults who stay well-hydrated appear to live longer when compared to people who don’t get sufficient fluids. Researchers said that well-hydrated adults develop fewer chronic conditions such as heart and lung disease.

Researchers of the US-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) gathered data from 11,255 adults over a 30-year period. They analysed links between “serum sodium levels” and various indicators of health. It is to be noted that serum sodium levels go up when the amount of fluid intake goes down.

It was found that those adults who had “serum sodium levels” at the higher end of a normal range were more prone to develop chronic conditions. They also showed signs of advanced biological ageing. On the other, people with a medium range of “serum sodium levels” showed no such signs.

According to the study, adults with higher levels were also more likely to die at a younger age.

“The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down ageing and prolong a disease-free life,” said study author and researcher Natalia Dmitrieva. She said that the results showed that proper hydration may slow down ageing.

“The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down ageing and prolong a disease-free life,” Dmitrieva of the US-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) said.

It is worth mentioning that “serum sodium levels” ranges between 35-146 milliequivalents per litre (mEq/L). Researchers also found that adults with higher levels of normal serum sodium showed greater signs of faster biological ageing.

She said that the most common factor that increases serum sodium in body is decreased body water content.

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