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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DOH: Elderly most vulnerable to dehydration

EVEN though they usually stay indoors and away from the heat of the sun, the elderly remains to be the age bracket deemed as most vulnerable to dehydration.

This was the reminder of the Department of Health (DOH) to the public, saying the elderly should be constantly reminded to drink water.

“They are the most vulnerable population to severe dehydration,” said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III in an interview.

He said this is because of the diminishing “thirst sensation” that comes with advanced age.

“They already lack water intake but their brains do not tell them that. That is the problem because they won’t be able to know that they are dehydrated already,” he said.

Duque urged families with elderly members to be mindful of the water intake of their older members.

“We should always remind or make them drink water because they rarely feel thirsty already. Let us not wait until they are already dehydrated,” he said.

To note, dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid that is necessary to allow the body to carry out its normal functions.

Symptoms of dehydration include less frequent urination, dark-colored urine, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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